Paris Trance

“A beautifully composed rave generation rhapsody… In prose dripping with eroticism and aching with melancholy, Dyer masterfully dissects the vicissitudes of twenty-something love.” The Sunday Times

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Paris Trance

“Sexy, hopelessly romantic, and almost sneakily meditative, Dyer’s novel invokes the shades of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, but as they might be imagined by Truffaut.” The New Yorker

Paris Trance is the story of two expatriates, Luke and Alex, who meet in Paris and become inseparable. Each falls in love, and the two couples travel the city together in a fever of indulgence and self-discovery.

“Entrancing… I can’t think of a recent novel that better describes the scarily charged beginning of a love affair.” The New York Times Book Review

“Four things that get under your skin: shards of glass, splinters of wood, sharp needles, and books by Geoff Dyer. Where most writers barely nick the flesh of human feeling, Dyer somehow manages to dig deeper… Unusually for a contemporary English novelist Dyer is as interested in asking big, difficult questions about the meaning of life as he is in developing motifs, displaying his learning, making points, making you laugh, shocking, soothing, or being cool, all of which he manages to do with unnatural ease.” Guardian

“Witty, erotic and melancholy, a beautifully written tale.” The Times

“Charming books tend to wither as fashion moves on or as we grow older. The Catcher in the Rye, and maybe Ginger and Pickles, seem to be exceptions. Then there are books, such as The Great Gatsby, whose callowness itself profound, whose charm is persistingly, enduringly transient. Geoff Dyer has written such a book… a book about being thoughtless, young and in love… The irresistible quality of the book steals up, like sun through a plain curtain.” Candia McWilliam, New Statesman

First published: UK, Abacus 1998; UK, FSG, 1999

Current paperback editions: UK, Canongate; US, Picador

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From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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Forewords & Afterwords

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel […]

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As Editor

This collection of writings on photography by one of the most internationally influential writers of the past fifty years has been edited by Geoff Dyer who has also written an introduction to the book.

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