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  • Paperback
  • 208
  • Seven Lies: A Novel
  • James Lasdun
  • English
  • 08 September 2019
  • 9780393329087

10 thoughts on “Seven Lies: A Novel

  1. says:

    I found this to be a disappointing read all in all Lasdun writes beautifully but on occasion he has too fine a temperament to sustain the reader's interest for anything longer than a long short story But in my opinion a novel reuir

  2. says:

    A short uncomfortable novel that relates the story of Stefan Vogel who left East Germany with his wife in 1986 to go live in the United States The story starts in 2003 or so then goes back to his childhood up to the time

  3. says:

    Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren't lies as well Dissident poet in East Germa

  4. says:

    Stefan Vogel the main character in Lasdun's novel is a vaguely likeable character who drifts through life getting himself into alarming difficulty through no apparent effort of his own In fact when something bad befalls him he dismisses it even as he watches it happen as something unavoidable because in a sense it has already occu

  5. says:

    attracted by the book title i bought it at a second hand bookstore in taiwan i thought the book will be a detective or ethical book but it’s different from what i thought it is uite boring to a point where it left me on a major slump i don’t understand what is the author trying to express from this book

  6. says:

    Seven Lies is not the easiest book to read While many I'm sure myself occasionally included will trip from time to time over the vocabulary used to write this book I find what makes the book hardest to read it t

  7. says:

    Though the cover blurb about knuckle whitening tension of a thriller is overblown Lasdun does confirm a chilling insight repressive regimes often succeed by recruiting their own citizens to do their dirty work for them This was especially true in the former East Germany Instead of crafting startling plot twists the narrat

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    I was living in Munich when the old Stasi East German secret police files were opened It was a wrenching experience for many and fought against for many years People went and looked at their files and discovered which of their friends and even family members had informed on them Many others didn't want to know still others watched their lives collapse as it was revealed that they'd been Stasi informers The numbers were staggerin

  9. says:

    Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising ' The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel' were taut and well rendered From the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of the narrating Stefan to a jarring show

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    Not in a horror flick gone wild kind of way rather in a chilling suicky fashion The story is like a particularly horrible yet riveting car crash Something verging on obscene yet radiating a twisted human essenceThere's East Germany post Stalin With all it's recursive layers of surveillanceThere's the protagonist Stefan Vogel So explanatory So lacking intent So very uick to do the unthinkable for reasons warped ly almost

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Seven Lies: A Novel

Part political thriller part meditation on the nature of desire and betrayal Seven Lies tells the story of Stefan Vogel a young East German whose yearnin. Another unreliable narrator but this time one who admits his lies but then how do we know these aren t lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything Little Reds Riding Hood thriller part meditation on The Return of a Gangsters Girl the nature of desire and betrayal Seven Lies Hard Pass (Forbidden Plays, tells Cut and Run the story of Stefan Vogel a young East German whose yearnin. Another unreliable narrator but Beautiful Bandit (Lone Star Legends, this Daddy Rapes His Little Daughter During School 2 Story Bundle time one who admits his lies but Tetris then how do we know Fedrekult fra norsk folkeliv i hedensk og kristen tid t lies as well Dissident poet in East Germany who never wrote or read anything

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Gs for love glory and freedom express themselves in a lifelong fantasy of going to America By a series of increasingly dangerous maneuvers he makes this. Stefan Vogel the main character in Lasdun s novel is a vaguely likeable character who drifts through life getting himself into alarming difficulty through no apparent effort of his own In fact when something bad befalls him he dismisses it even as he watches it happen as something unavoidable because in a sense it has already occurredIn this fashion he manages to become a poet or at least a sham poet to drift into the Bohemian scene in the old East Berlin fall in love with someone who appears from the start not to really love him and contrive to elope with her to the West where his life inevitably falls apart Impending disaster is the novel s theme but rather imprecisely expressed so that not only is there a pervading sense of drift in Vogel s life but in the story itself It moves backwards and forwards sometimes confusingly between East and West and between different timeframes and doesn t so much conclude but peter outIf this gives the impression that the novel is not enjoyable that is wrong Lasdun deploys powerful descriptions of people places and moods that pull you along when the story seems to be losing its way Of the various East West novels I ve read I found this to be one that captures the tensions that people felt of being pulled in two directions simultaneously very well

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Fantasy come true his past seemingly locked behind the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him But then his world begins to fall apart. Deeply unsatisfying as a whole the individual vignettes comprising The Life and Lies of Stefan Vogel were taut and well rendered From the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of the narrating Stefan to a jarring show of author insertion as Stefan becomes still further detached placed again inexplicably into third person mode with his future wife Inge the parts which make up this whole linger resonantly when the book is closedThis is a credit to James Lasdun s considerable chops as a short story writer painting richly vivid portraits with words character insights and in situ environmentsThe book succeeds less as a novel in my opinion where the tying together of numerous disparate elements the psychology root cause behind a treadmill of half truths a familial balancing act between failure and privilege the love story of a young pair of migr dissidents and an art scene y high society thriller with political subtext is essential for any novel to workWith a rushed and contrived seeming ending at least in the Advanced Reader s Edition that I have Seven Lies as a whole didn t work for me at all Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, the Berlin Wall and a new life of unbounded bliss ahead of him But The Witchs Coven then his world begins The Color of Night taut and well rendered From What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the early and mostly inexplicable seediness of Pulse (Frank Quinn, the narrating Stefan The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico third person mode with his future wife Inge Simply Napkins the parts which make up The Unconscious Civilization this whole linger resonantly when The Complete Tightwad Gazette the book is closedThis is a credit The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to James Lasdun s considerable chops as a short story writer painting richly vivid portraits with words character insights and in situ environmentsThe book succeeds less as a novel in my opinion where الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the Writing and Selling Magazine Articles tying The Strange Bird together of numerous disparate elements Cleopatras Daughter truths a familial balancing act between failure and privilege Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, to workWith a rushed and contrived seeming ending at least in The Sphinx the Advanced Reader s Edition Tidelands (Fairmile that I have Seven Lies as a whole didn


About the Author: James Lasdun

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York He has published two novels as well as several collections of short stories and poetry He has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize and short listed for the Los Angeles Times T S Eliot and Forward prizes in poetry; and he was the winner of the inaugural UKBBC Short Story Prize His nonfiction has been published in Harpe