Matt Dojny

The Festival of Earthly Delights (Excerpt)

The Festival of Earthly Delights (Excerpt) by Matt Dojny
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fiction Fiction, Suspense
For readers of:The RZA, Dave Eggers, Haruki Murakami, David Shrigley, Herman Melville
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ISBN978-1938103834
PublisherDzanc Books
Publication DateJune 17, 2014
LanguageEnglish
About the Book

This download is an excerpt.

Boyd Darrow is a young American living in Puchai, a tiny Southeast Asian country that tourist brochures refer to as "The Kingdom of Winks." In a series of letters written to a mysterious recipient, Boyd tells of the delights, humiliations and brain-bending misadventures he experiences while adjusting to life in the small college town of Mai Mor. He and his somewhat less-than-faithful girlfriend, Ulla, were hoping to start their lives over in Puchai, but Puchai has an agenda all its own.Ulla's been hired to organize the talent show at the town's annual "Festival of Taang," but she seems more interested in the possibilities of cultural exchange with a local revolutionary. Meanwhile, Boyd grapples with a culture in which baby owls are considered a delicacy, turtles are worshipped as deities, and a wink can have one of 379 possible meanings (including "You're fired," "There's something in my eye," and "I want to kiss your lips!"). He's also falling for his boss's daughter, a half-Puchanese girl with a black eye and a troubling past. Lines are crossed, secrets are revealed, and, as Boyd's life inevitably spins out of control, the Festival draws closer with each day...Hilarious and wise and fiercely original, The Festival of Earthly Delights is a no-holds-barred celebration of love, cultural differences, and one man's reluctant embrace of the sensual pleasures of this world, in all their awkward, enigmatic glory.

About the Author

Matt Dojny's debut novel, The Festival of Earthly Delights, was published by Dzanc Books in June 2012. It was called “a perfect summer read, armchair travel in a higher key” by the L.A. Times, and was named one of the “5 Best 2012 Debuts By Brooklyn Novelists” by The L Magazine. The paperback edition will be available in June 2014.

Dojny's work has recently appeared in Electric Literature, A Public Space, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Collagist. Visit him at mattdojny.com, or at hiphopisthefuture.com, where he posts a drawing a day.

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