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Burning Elvis

(2000)
A collection of stories by

 
 
As he sets out on his first adventure in life, a young man enters the dark realm of adult violence; a married suburbanite longs for the wide, mysterious world that seems to hover just beyond the next turn in the road; a pair of disturbed twins commit a pointless crime; and the boy of the title story, at once appalled and beguiled by the glamour of others, has all his hopes and expectations exposed by a senseless murder.

Burning Elvis is a book about innocence and fear, about boys and men who have no idea who they are, or what they are supposed to do, but are haunted by a vague apprehension of possible grace. In their differing ways they are lost, scared and, at the same time, caught up in a quest, a search for the real Graceland -- 'an idea of home, something in black and white, the smell of cheap lilac soap and a radio playing in the kitchen...and a mouthful of trick blood on the bathroom floor, to keep the night away.'

Already celebrated as a prodigiously gifted novelist and poet, John Burnside now extends his range to the shorter form, in a collection of stories written with the same beautiful control, the same power to ravish and disturb.

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Hardback Editions

June 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Burning Elvis
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-224-05008-7 / 978-0-224-05008-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

May 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Burning Elvis
Author(s): John Burnside
ISBN: 0-09-977321-X / 978-0-09-977321-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Burning Elvis
Author(s): John Burnside
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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