The Fountains of Neptune (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)

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Fountains of Neptune may be my favorite novel ever. It's tells the sea-soaked and wondrous story of a man who, like the patients in Oliver Sacks' Awakenings, falls into a long coma, only to awaken into a changed world. Ducornet's lush and sensuous prose will cast a spell on you, luring you into Nini's strange, phantasmagorical consciousness. This is a book like no other.

— Sparks


"My sleep began in the spring of 1914. I slept through both World Wars and the tainted calm between. It was as if I had been cursed by an evil fairy, pricked by an enchanted spinning wheel; an impenetrable briar had gripped my mind."

Thus begins Rikki Ducornet's brilliant lyric novel about Nicolas who, as a result of witnessing his mother's murder, falls into a decades-long coma. Awakened in a seaport town in France, he reconstructs his past through storytelling and myth, resulting in an astonishing exploration of memory and imagination.

About the Author

Rikki Ducornet is the author of several works of fiction, including "The Stain," "Entering Fire," "The Complete Butcher's Tales," "Phosphor in Dreamland," and "The Cabinet," a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award in 1993.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564781550
ISBN-10: 1564781550
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: March 14th, 2015
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: American Literature (Dalkey Archive)