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Split personality disorder, of sorts
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2017
Second read by Kotzwinkle. He continues to impress me in a sort of understated fashion. Much like Fata Morgana, this one had occult/magic undertones, though much subtler. On the flip side, the twisted ending here was much stronger. The story is a take of reincarnation/metempsychosis/split personality sort of thing, where a popular movie star finds himself crossing over into a life of a Nazi, albeit the non prototypical kind. The book yo yos from one perspective to the next. It's fun, Kotzwinkle is a good writer, his movie world has just the right amount of glib superficiality, his Nazi world just the right amount of...absurdity of war, is it...although as brutal as it ought to be. He does great witty dialogue. Not sure why I didn't love the book, there was a sort of personal disconnect, but objectively it is quite good. Enjoyable and not at all dated for a 30 year old book. Quick read too, one sitting, one evening worth of entertainment. Nicely done.