The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir


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City Lights Books
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5.8 X 1.0 X 7.9 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Susan Daitch is the author of four novels, The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir (with City Lights) L.C., The Colorist, Paper Conspiracies (also with City Lights), and a collection of short stories, Storytown. Daitch's White Lead: A Novel of Suspense comes out in the fall of 2016. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in LitHub, Black Clock, Guernica, Conjunctions, Slice, Tablet, Tin House, McSweeney's, Bomb, Ploughshares, The Barcelona Review, failbetter, TriQuarterly, ReDivider, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, two Vogelstein fellowships. Fall Out, a novella, was published in June 2013 by Madras Press, all proceeds donated to Women For Afghan Women.


"With shades of Umberto Eco and Paul Auster, this brilliant, addictive adventure novel is about the search for a mythical lost city located somewhere in modern-day Iran. As a succession of explorers and shady characters dig deeper into the landscape, the ancient secret of Suolucidir is gradually revealed. This is brainy, escapist fiction at its best."--Publishers Weekly, Starred & Boxed Review

"The author's prose is rich with winking allusions and sendups of modern tomb-raiding tropes, down to an explorer with 'a long stiff braid down her back.'"--The New Yorker

" . . . cerebral, satirical, and entertaining archaeological thriller . . . this richly crafted and handsomely written novel rewards rereading."--David Cooper, New York Journal of Books

"It's always a delight to discover a voice as original as Susan Daitch's."--Salman Rushdie

"One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the US today."--David Foster Wallace

"An archaeological mystery becomes a vehicle for imaginative storytelling and metafictional commentary in Daitch's intellectually lively novel and a long-lost (possibly fictitious) Central Asian city. . . . rewards persistent readers with rich, clever fantasy."--Brendan Driscoll, Booklist

"Grand adventure is the companion to the 'archaeologists, speculators and unsavory character' who over the centuries searched for the mythical city buried beneath sand and time somewhere in present-day Iran."--Allan Pierleoni, Sacramento Bee

"Susan Daitch has written a literary barnburner of epic proportions. The question buried at the core of The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is one of empirical--or is the imperial?--knowledge itself. Her labyrinthine tale of archeological derring-do calls to mind both 1984 and 2666, and does so by looking backward in time as well as forward. It is also utterly original, the work of a visionary writer with an artistic sensibility all her own."--Andrew Ervin, author of Burning Down George Orwell's House

"This is a novel of archeology and history, of mythology and empire, powered by an undeniable call to adventure and a deep yearning for understanding, written by a novelist who manages to surprise on nearly every page."--Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

"Daitch's latest is a beguiling and virtuoso companion to our inevitable end: a novel that wrenches, sentence by fine sentence, some order from the chaos, while never shortchanging the chaos itself."--Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

"Daitch's novel is Indiana Jones for the introspective crowd--a continual, thrilling, and harrowing search for historical treasures."--Michelle Anne Schingler, Foreword Reviews

"The joy of Suolucidir lies in the characters that Daitch creates. From the Nieumachers, a married couple of adventurers living a lie to Ryder Congreaves, who leaves his family to descend into poverty while he scours the desert for the elusive city, this book is packed with the fascinating, the weird and the obsessed. That's the mystery: why we devote so much effort to the past, when the future is really all we have. You won't find an answer to that question in this book, but you'll enjoy the process of not getting an answer immensely."--Cath Murphy, Lit Reactor

"[the] thinking person's post-modernist Indiana Jones . . . a highly intelligent and very well-written novel."--John Alvey, The Modern Novel

"[An] entertaining archaeological dig into lost worlds and identities."--M.A. Orthofer, The Complete Review

"An impressively skilled and original storyteller of the first order, Susan Daitch's The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is a unique, compelling and deftly crafted read from beginning to end. While unreservedly recommended for community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists."--Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review