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Goya\'s Head

Goya's Head

(2010)
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A man living in more than one world, one of them a foreign country, looks backward and forward, but survives each day with help of lost souls who cross his path. The novel is set in Madrid, where Goya is buried, minus his head. This serves as a controlling metaphor for the displaced narrator as he encounters down and outs and Basque terrorists.

I divined early on that I had one great character available and that was Madrid itself. There is a constant, day and night, sideshow on the streets of that city, and on my walks I'd take in the oddities of it, the beauty and madness. I'd go down to the rose garden and then on below that to the river and Goya's tomb in the Chapel of San Antonio de la Florida and observe the frescoes he painted on the ceiling. I learned that his body was there, but his head wasn't. This seemed a metaphor for how I was and, by extension, for the expatriate experience. Your body is present at this particular location on the map, but your thoughts are elsewhere. Mine were often back home; they visited my childhood and relatives and the small town where I grew up. All this was fictionalized by magic, as it will do. That magic is the wild card. It is unexplainable. I think also that when you have the one great character, others will congregate. Some I knew already, some I didn't. They just arrived on paper and wanted in on things. St. Anthony is referenced a number of times. He is the patron saint of those who are seeking lost things. And that is probably a good part of what this book is about. I say 'probably" because the person who writes and I myself are very different, and I don't always know what he's up to.

"This is heart wine from Madrid; it's comic, sultry, and sexy; and it's dangerous and compelling, dealing with expats and the Basque separatist movement. It's Frank Harris's My Life and Loves and George Orwell's Down and Out in London and Paris. It's Jack Kerouac sans the amphetamines ... "

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Goya's Head
Author(s): Tom Abrams
ISBN: 1-60489-064-9 / 978-1-60489-064-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Livingston Pr
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Paperback Editions

December 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Goya's Head
Author(s): Tom Abrams
ISBN: 1-60489-065-7 / 978-1-60489-065-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Livingston Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Goya's Head
Author(s): Tom Abrams
Publisher: Livingston Press
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