The Swing Voter Of Staten Island

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Until now, Arthur Nersesian's previous six novels have focused on the tragicomedy of fin de siecle New York City.

The Swing Voter Of Staten Island

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Now, in his boldest novel yet, he has broken into a new landscape that at once fuses the real with the surreal, the psychological with the psychedelic. Actual characters from the 1960s and 1970s - Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Daniel Ellsberg, and the Berrigan Brothers - are but a few of the folks who populate this alternate version of American history. The Swing Voter of Staten Island takes place over the course of a week in November 1981. Uli, suffering from amnesia, finds himself on a mission but isn't quite sure what it is, who sent him, or even who he is. He ventures across the perilous wilds of New York City, through abandoned neighborhoods and burned-out battlefields. But Uli soon awakens to the awful fact that this isn't New York City at all. He is a key player in a strange, alternate history of both his city and his country. Uli has found himself trapped in New York, Nevada, isolated in the center of an impenetrable desert - where the US military was able to transform one of its 'military situation cities' into a temporary refuge center, designed to resemble New York City. While battling to make sense of his surroundings, Uli slowly remembers who he is and his own culpability in creating the current situation.

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Author Arthur Nersesian
Publisher Akashic Books
Page Count 277pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 10, 2008
ISBN 978-1933354613

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