Dream of Venus (or Living Pictures)

Dream of Venus or Living Pictures Set in the New York World s Fair Dream of Venus or Living Pictures is a speculative history reanimating the last great international fair this world would ever know Meshing actualities wi

  • Title: Dream of Venus (or Living Pictures)
  • Author: Miles Beller
  • ISBN: 9780966348002
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in the 1939 1940 New York World s Fair, Dream of Venus or Living Pictures , is a speculative history reanimating the last great international fair this world would ever know Meshing actualities with invention, it renders a future past that is nostalgic and predictive, an account of hope and longing at the onset of World War II Focusing on Zeke Lichtenquist an artSet in the 1939 1940 New York World s Fair, Dream of Venus or Living Pictures , is a speculative history reanimating the last great international fair this world would ever know Meshing actualities with invention, it renders a future past that is nostalgic and predictive, an account of hope and longing at the onset of World War II Focusing on Zeke Lichtenquist an artist moved into the Fair s Town of Tomorrow the book takes us on a search for authenticity and meaning Franklin Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and the Fair s president Grover Whalen all pop in and out, players in a fabled New York of the late 1930 s.This work of cyber fiction and alternative history has taken its title from Salvadore Dali s surrealistic pavilion featured at the fair.

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    • Mark says:

      A tumbling, tumult through the NY worlds fair of 1939 - this is more a pastiche than a story. Our hero is a struggling artist way ahead of his time sketching fairgoers for money. The book (novel?) is a rush of images, catchphrases, slogans, songs, snippets overheard which hold together a series of monologues, really. It is fascinating and utterly unique. Not quite like any book I've ever read. Those interested in history, pre-war America, the fair or New York will find much to marvel at here.

    • Jest says:

      The only good thing I managed to find in this book is the bibliography.

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