How the Night Is Divided
  • Author: Matlin, David
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Pages: 201
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 1993
  • ISBN: 0-929701-33-X
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $20.00
Second printing. Originally issued as an Autograph Edition of 1000 numbered and signed copies. A story of the Southern California chaparral as it edges toward the Mohave Desert, and of people there in the 1940s and early 1950s, Jews, who were among the first farmers, and who cut out a chunk of it and sometimes disintegrated before the passions of the settlement that made them. They raised and hybridized roses, roses were their livelihood and their passion, but they also smuggled arms to Israel, and were almost murderously divided over Stalin, over Spain, over water. This book is also about an Oklahoma-raised Kiowa Indian, Tom Green, who befriends the farmer and his family, and who is presented against his psychic background of dreams, voices and disappearances brought to this place of rose fields. From the annihilation of the ancient redwoods to the grizzly-hunting vaqueros in live oak canyons, How the Night Is Divided carries western life into the central drama of 20th-century existence. An experience of viscerally emotional and intellectual excitement, here is a novel that takes the reader to the edge, and refuses to let the reader back away.

"How the Night Is Divided implants a whole network of insights into the relations between the races, into the Spanish origins of modern Southern California, into the role of Jews in the film industry and above all into the paranoid persecution of free agents by McCarthyite investigators. Matlin has discovered an hallucinatory mix of dreams, myths, folktales and exacting factual realism. His hero, Tom Green, moves in and out of the farmer's troubled world, with its origins in Old Europe, and always he reminds the reader of our stake in the preservations of nature's bounty. This is a novel of a new consciousness and energy, by turns lyrical and tough, historically factual and magically timeless, touching, comic and deeply concerned about the consequences of human curiosity."
-- Angus Fletcher

David Matlin is the author of several published volumes of poetry, most recently Dressed in Protective Fashion. Mr. Matlin teaches writing and literature at San Diego State University. He lives with his wife, the artist Gail Schneider, in San Diego...


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