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In Java, a master of the shadow-puppet theater seeks to possess-by his art-a woman, who perishes as though by the contagion of his unnatural desire. Shadowplay is a meditation on story-telling as an act of seizure, a parable of obsession and of the danger of confounding the real with its representations.

"Stories compensate for lives unlived. They are what Norman Lock, or...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Ellipsis Press (first published 2009)
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Hannah Courtright
In praise of Shadowplay, R.M. Berry wrote Stories compensate for lives unlived. They are what… Guntur, calls shadows, negative reflections on a backlit screen, comprising, through artistry and brief illumination, ghosts. Lock’s teller is imprisoned by darkness, captivated by warriors and princesses no longer, if ever, living. Death becomes a distance from which the voices of these unliving return. It is a journey as delicious as it is threatening.

After reading this book, I have not found many pr...more
an uncanny tale of the limits and power of story telling, SHADOWPLAY also works with a mesmerizing and subtle structure where the story repeats and folds into itself over and over again. among lock's best work, it continues the self-conscious fascination and manipulation of the theme of "other" that appeared in works like A HISTORY OF THE IMAGINATION and LAND OF THE SNOW MEN. here however lock's uproarious and dark-humored wit has been replaced with a different mode: that of a parable or fable....more
Charles Dee Mitchell
About halfway through this beguiling tale, the narrator reveals himself. He is an eighteenth century Dutch trader with the East India Company. He watched the shadow puppet performance of the tale he tells a a much younger man, understanding not a word of it, but having it retold to him by a companion. Stories cluster around stories, gods and mortals intermix, the dead return to life, and a one-sided, obsessive love reaches what is surely a foregone conclusion. A pleasure to read. I gave it that...more
great book, read this on the way to bangkok, i talk about it in detail here:
Seemed more mood than plot or characters. Didn't quite get it.
Tantra Bensko
I love this book!
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Norman Lock has written novels, short fiction, and poetry as well as stage plays, dramas for German radio, a film for The American Film Institute, and scenarios for video-art installations. His plays have been produced in the U.S., Germany, at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and in Turkey. His work has been tra...more
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