Candle life

Armanno, Venero Candle life. Milsons Point, NSW, Australia: Random House Australia, 2006.

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Author Armanno, Venero
Title Candle life
Place of Publication Milsons Point, NSW, Australia
Publisher Random House Australia
Publication year 2006
Sub-type Creative work
Open Access Status
ISBN 174166120X
Language eng
Total number of pages 351
Subjects 400103 Professional Creative Writing
Formatted Abstract/Summary
'When a man can't sleep any more, any sleep is a good sleep, and this one turned out to be something like a coma, and filled with you, Yukiko, only you.'

An Australian novelist is living in an arts community in Paris, trying to write. He is mourning the death of the love of his life, Kiko. Still drowning in grief, one day he is harassed by a beggar, who claims to be a famous American writer, Sonny Lee. As his life is penetrated by Sonny it begins to unravel. Soon the novelist encounters Zoya, a mute Russian girl with whom he makes love, and in turn she introduces him to Les Belles Endormies - a place where, after drinking a potent green tea, clients fall asleep and experience hallucinogenic dreams about episodes in their past. In the meantime the death of a friend brings the novelist into contact with Emilie, and slowly love begins to seem possible to him again.

The story moves from Paris's artistic community to the maelstrom of a dance party in the city's streets to its chilling subterranean catacombs to the eerie thermal springs of Pamukkale in Turkey. Dealing with the nature of reality and dreams, of love, identity, despair and salvation, this is a truly brilliant and startlingly original novel.
Copyright © Venero Armanno 2006
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