"La Medusa" is a polyphonic novel of post-conceptual consciousness. At the heart of the whole floats Medusa, an androgynous central awareness that anchors the novel throughout. "La Medusa" is at once the city of Los Angeles, with its snaking freeways and serpentine shifts between reality and illusion, and a brain - a modern mind that is both expansive and penetrating in its obsessions and perceptions.Vanessa Place's characters - a trucker and his wife, a nine-year-old saxophonist, an ice cream vendor, a sex worker, and a corpse, among others - are borderless selves in a borderless city, a city impossible to contain. Her expert ventriloquism and explosive imagination anchor this epic narrative in language that is fierce and vibrant, a penetrating cross-section of contemporary Los Angeles and a cross-section of the modern mind.
Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.
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