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Ash Cinema is a triptych novel about loving and dying, about creation and destruction, about chasing ghosts and making them real. Regressing through time from the fires at Cannes’ shore to the trees deep in america back to the west coast sunsets, Sebastian Falke’s visions and dreams haunt the future that forgot him and his handful of films lost to time.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2012 by Kuboa Press
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Janie C.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In poetically flowing prose, the author introduces us to three grief-stricken characters.  These individuals are tenuously connected by their knowledge of an elusive and controversial film maker.  One of the characters was deeply in love with him, while the other two similarly experienced intense relationships that have been lost in time.  Each of the three desperately reaches out to find that bond that exists beyond the physical.  Through writing, art, music and film, communications are release ...more
Peter Tieryas
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I revisit Ash Cinema at my blog.

Cinema, film-making, and music become parables for the emotions that rage in the three different lives and I found myself going along for the ride, sucked into a stream of emotion that made for a compelling read. There were lines I read over and over, just to grasp at the details, the way Rathke blurs the intersections between life, cinema, and tragedy.

"The ocean of the past, I still hide from so much of it and rely on all
Nicholas Karpuk
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Edward Rathke walks a tightrope through most of Ash Cinema. I kept waiting for the pacing to collapse, for the stylized writing style to become masturbatory rather than merely indulgent. It was a waveform that seemed perpetually about to collapse.

But it doesn't.

That's the damndest thing. He never goes overboard and for all its ambition and need to describe thoroughly abstract concepts it never wallows in any one notion long enough for me to lose my patience. Rathke explores some pretty big conc
Ok, so I really want to describe how good this book is, how much it moved me. I am certain to fail miserably, but here it goes. A tryptic used to beautifully convey stories of love and loss that really strike a chord. Very dreamy and intense, it will speak so loudly to anyone who has felt that otherworldly, once in a lifetime kind of love. A long gone movement in avant-garde cinema and art connect the three stories with connections between many of its' important figures. Writing is a tool used i ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ash Cinema tangentially addresses the life of the fictional avant-garde filmmaker Sebastian Falke, from three very different perspectives: an old man who once collaborated on Falke's films; a woman who was formerly the platonic lover (lover, that is, in everything but the physical sense) of a writer who was obsessed with finding Falke and his long-lost films; and the teenage girl who was Falke's lover at the very end of his life. Though (tangentially) about Falke, the book is really about grief, ...more
Simon West-Bulford
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I hovered over the 4 stars for this book.
I usually give 5 stars for books that I know I will go back to read time and again, but 'Ash Cinema' is something I felt would be diminished for me if read it again. I remember feeling similarly impressed by the movie 'Brazil' and vowing I would never watch that again either.

I gave Ash Cinema 5 stars because I do believe that what Rathke pulled off here is, as the rating system puts it, 'amazing'. I'd like to think he worked incredibly hard to make the pr
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Putting aside the skillful lines of the prose for a moment, the emotion of this novel is what impressed me most. It came across so forcefully to me, so pure. It felt like the pages, and the psyches of the various three narrators, was bleeding as I read. Reading was actually emotionally wearying, but cathartic. All three stories, tremendous loss and the unquenchable need to reclaim, blew me away. And, getting back to the writing itself, the literal lines of the prose are pretty impressive as well ...more
Paul Eckert
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A variety of ghosts haunt the reader in Ash Cinema. Each of the three narrators has lost a love to death and led to reconnect with them through writing. Though they never know each other, all of their lives are somehow affected by the obscure, avant-garde filmmaker Sebastian Falke.

Rathke does an amazing job of bringing the reader into these lives that have been saved by love and shattered by its loss. And for a story that deals with such weighty themes, it's not bogged down by romanticized depr
Edward Rathke
Dec 07, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this.
I enjoy it.

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Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful prose, beautiful story, beautiful book. Moving stories of life and death, love and loss. I bought a physical copy, but you can download the ebook for free on Smashwords. I'll be keeping a close eye on anything Rathke does in the future.
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“The ocean of the past, I still hide from so much of it and rely on all that I don't run from. Everything before him, I waited for the nightmare to end, and it did when he accepted me into his arms. It was a new birth, a new life, but it flashed too briefly and left me with only these rabid bits of time that eat me, these memories that haunt me, but he, the ghost I need, remains lost.” 3 likes
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