Postmodernism is slipperier than a greased watermelon. Society used to have simple standards and reasonable expectations: up was up, men and women were men and women, and fiction tidily progressed from beginning to end in a linear fashion.
But then Postmodernism -- the literary and arts movement that threw out convention with the bathwater -- came barging in to our collective consciousness like a highly theoretical bull in a china shop still selling plates with Aristotle on them.
For a textbook example of multifaceted postmodern literary flair, look no further than author and filmmaker John Sayles's latest tome, A Moment in the Sun, a thousand-page post-Civil War epic that starts in the U.S. south (North Carolina) but soon travels all over the world (Cuba, the Phillippines, and so on). With its a tremendous cast of characters in various, winding, non-linear and intersecting plot lines and globally-inclusive setting, the novel has provoked comparisons to Thomas Pynchon.
Sayles will be in town this month for the Miami Book Fair, so we're giving away a copy of A Moment in the Sun. Published by McSweeney's, the novel has the amazing production value you'd expect from Dave Eggar's publishing house. Learn how to nab a free copy after the jump.
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To win a copy of A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles, simply "Like" the Cultist Facebook page and comment on the post that says, "Click Here to Win a Copy of John Sayles's New Book!" Share your favorite Sayles book or film.
We'll pick a random winner on Wednesday at 5 p.m., collect your contact information, and forward it over to the Miami Book Fair who will deliver your prize. It's that easy.
John Sayles talks A Moment In The Sun on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8:00 p.m. at the MDC Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Visit miamibookfair.com.