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Monument Maker


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David Keenan is the author of four critically-acclaimed novels; the cult classic This is Memorial Device, which won the London Magazine Prize; For the Good Times, which won the Gordon Burn Prize; The Towers The Fields The Transmitters and Xstabeth. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


In a dizzying gyroscopic vortex of inner archeology, David Keenan sifts through spiraling past lives to unearth his provocative vision of the future. A colossus of imagination -- LENNY KAYE
Prepare for a reading experience like no other. Visionary and prismatic, gloriously hallucinatory although grounded in the material, Monument Maker's grand sweep takes in distant historical subterrains, a shimmering summer of the present, the transient, the eternal, the profane, the divine. David Keenan is a blazing, deviant, fearless force and just a total one-off -- WENDY ERSKINE
I sometimes think David Keenan dreams aloud. His prose has the effortless enigmatic, unsettling quality of dream * EDNA O'BRIEN *
A masterpiece -- WILLIAM BASINSKI
A masterpiece -- WILLIAM BASINSKI
David Keenan has become one of the most prolific and innovative new literary stylists of the last five years . . . At this stage of his game Keenan can make his books do pretty much anything . . . Keenan's most ambitious and accomplished book yet. He has has built a monument, turning history to dust in the process, and delivering a hefty instalment of a literary career where literally anything is possible * IRISH TIMES *
His visionary aesthetic reaches its grandest expression yet in his new novel, Monument Maker, a garrulous, gargantuan and ultimately elusive magnum opus * FINANCIAL TIMES *
A text of colossal ambition . . . at times, it feels a little like reading Yeats * LITERARY REVIEW *
An experimental novel informed by religion, art, the occult, sex, Tarot, alcohol, signs, symbols and other experimental novels. It evokes the work of Malcolm Lowry, Clarice Lispector, Leonora Carrington, Arthur Machen, Philip K. Dick and even John Fowles. Like them, Keenan is a literary disruptor . . . This is not an easy or straightforward read, but it crackles with the energy of someone challenging themselves to make something new, meaningful and personal with the tools at their disposal. By turns it is obscure, romantic, terrifying, funny and - an underrated and unfashionable literary virtue - sincere * SPECTATOR *
Adventurous readers, devil-may-care readers, readers who are in it for the long haul - roll up * BOOKMUNCH *
Don't read it. Smoke it. Snort it. Swallow it. It's not a novel. It's an acid trip. A freaky, feverish dream set in print. Baroque and bizarre, Monument Maker is a literary cathedral designed by Mad King Ludwig II, with help from Burroughs and Arthur C. Clarke * CHEERIO *
Keenan is the kind of writer who can look forward to being lovingly over-interpreted into perpetuity * THE SCOTSMAN *
Occult, transformative, difficult, fantastic: Keenan is smashing through so many borders * NEW STATESMAN *

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