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Tours of the Black Clock

Tours of the Black Clock

(1989)
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Publisher's Weekly
With the surreal effects of William Burroughs, Erickson spells out a nightmarish vision of the seedy underbelly of the Twentieth Centurya phrase that's portentously capitalized throughout this wildly uneven phantasmagoria. Its anti-hero, Banning Jainlight, raised on a Pennsylvania ranch, has sex with an Indian housemaid who turns out to be his real mother; so he throws his father out of a window and escapes to sleazy New York where he churns out porn novels. His Austrian mentor bids him to Vienna, where he ends up as Hitler's secret pornographer, writing tawdry scenes to slake the Fuhrer's obsession with a real-life niece. Jainlight's first-person spiela torrent of drunken poetry, erotic longing and cynicismis intertwined with the stories of Dania, a Russian dancer living with her half-mad father inside a revolving crater in Sudan, and of Zeno, an old ferryman who shuttles tourists to an anonymous Chinatown. Suddenly it's 1967 and our shy pornographer is holed up with Hitler in a dank Italian prison, plotting escape. Erickson ( Rubicon Beach ) overextends himself here, but before this powerful, haunting fantasy falls apart it insinuates itself into the reader's mind through its reckless confrontation with evil.

Library Journal
Featuring the improbably named Banning Jainlight, a burly, brutish, cunning writer, this fast-paced narrative makes bold jumps through time and place as it moves from Pennsylvania to Manhattan to a 1930s Vienna in the violent throes of early Naziism. Here Jainlight plies his tradepornographer to Hitlerand here he learns that ''the black clock of the century is stripped of hands and numbers. It is a time in which there's no measure of time that God understands.'' While the book has the delicacy to give a fine portrait of an aging Hitler living out his life in an Italian basement, even sophisticated readers may be confused by the kaleidoscopic vision of our century. Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY

 
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Hardback Editions

February 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Tours of the Black Clock
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-671-70000-6 / 978-0-671-70000-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Tours of the Black Clock
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-671-64921-3 / 978-0-671-64921-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poseidon Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Tours of the Black Clock: A Novel
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-7432-6570-X / 978-0-7432-6570-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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August 1993 : USA Paperback
Title: Tours of the Black Clock
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-380-70944-9 / 978-0-380-70944-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books (P)
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June 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Tours Of The Black Clock
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-7088-4752-8 / 978-0-7088-4752-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Tours of the Black Clock: A Novel
Author(s): Steve Erickson
Publisher: Open Road Media
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