Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

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Product Details

Price
$20.99
Publisher
Atria Books
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.28 X 8.22 X 0.93 inches | 0.63 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780743271240
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About the Author

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Austin, Texas. He holds an MFA in writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly.

His awards include the Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize, and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize. In 2006, his debut novel The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre received the Steven Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Dominic serves on the fiction faculty in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and has taught recently at the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. Find out more at www.dominicsmith.net.

Reviews

"In "The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, Dominic Smith writes with an authority very few first-time novelists possess. He wonderfully evokes nineteenth- century Paris through a chemically addled consciousness -- a formidable achievement that he manages with humor and grace. A remarkable debut."

-- Mark Jude Poirier, author of "Modern Ranch Living: A Novel


"In this evocative novel, Louis Daguerre is a poet whose medium is light, a man for whom memory is as penetrating and fixed as his photographs.Dominic Smith's acute detail calls forth visions of a world and a man on the verge of transformation."

-- Ronlyn Domingue, author of "The Mercy of Thin Air"
"A splendid novel. You don't often see such a graceful command of historical detail in a first book. Or such striking and elegant prose. Dazzling and wondrous."

-- John Dalton, author of "Heaven Lake"
"In its evocation of the artist as lover thwarted by time and death, it captures some of the sweetness of feeling of "La Boheme." By the time it reaches its final pages, "The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre" has become a genuinely moving experience."

-- Anthony Giardina, author of "Recent History"
"In "The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, " Dominic Smith writes with an authority very few first-time novelists possess. He wonderfully evokes nineteenth- century Paris through a chemically addled consciousness -- a formidable achievement that he manages with humor and grace. A remarkable debut."

-- Mark Jude Poirier, author of "Modern Ranch Living: A Novel"
"An endlessly thought-provoking story about a man driven to capture and preserve everything that is fleeting and evanescent. It is a book as haunting as a daguerreotype: true in its details, but pesteringly strange; and as beautiful as if it were written not in words but in light."

-- Stephen Harrigan, author of "The Gates of the Alamo"
"A lyrical journey into the world of a man lost to nostalgia and undone by beauty. Dominic Smith has generously rendered an artist in desperate pursuit of the sublime."

-- Paul Jaskunas, author of "Hidden"