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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Erickson Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781483041131
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On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie “family” led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift—“the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies”—tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not a cineaste but “cineautistic,” sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he’s haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn’t understand. Over the course of the seventies and into the eighties, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Erickson pours his encyclopedic knowledge of 1970s Hollywood into this funny, unnervingly surreal page-turner…Every page will set off fireworks in any movie lover’s head.”


  • “Erickson’s best…Terse, fanciful, dreamlike, and sometimes nightmarish, [a] remarkable novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Zeroville is about the nitty-gritty mysteries of the artistic process and…the evolution of an enthusiast into an artist.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Erickson has challenged readers with a fiercely intelligent and surprisingly sensual brand of American surrealism…Zeroville is funny, sad, and darkly beautiful.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Erickson’s literary technique impresses…Zeroville also has enough compelling intrigue to keep a reader pleased and puzzled.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “God I love this book…a feral and entertaining ride with cultural references, quirky koans, and a few surreal pit stops.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Darkly funny, wise…[a] brilliant, often hilarious love song to film.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Although cineasts are the obvious audience for this atmospheric novel (it contains literally hundreds of references to obscure and classic films), others may find themselves falling under its spell, for its effect is much like that of a strange but very beautiful art film.”


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About the Author

Steve Erickson is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works, including two books on American politics and popular culture that have been published in ten languages. His work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times magazine. He is currently the film critic for Los Angeles magazine and the editor of the literary journal Black Clock, which is published by the California Institute of the Arts, where he teaches. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.