Told in the style of an old Greek play, Dreamlives of Debris is the Minotaur & Theseus myth replacing the Minotaur with a disfigured girl who calls herself Debris. Dreamlives of Debris is dynamic and intense, and an all around brilliant piece of literature. I loved it, and though I recognize this book might be for everyone, it might actually be for you. Recommended by Rob— From Books We Love: Fiction
Dreamlives of Debris is a hybrid retelling of the Theseus and Minotaur myth. Here the Minotaur is a little deformed girl--she calls herself Debris--hidden away from public view in the labyrinth beneath Knossos. She possesses the ability to hear the flood of thoughts and see the flood of memories, desires, and futures of others throughout history from Herodotus and Pliny to Borges and Edward Snowden. Her labyrinth takes the form of an impossible liquid architecture bearing no center and hence no discernible perimeter. Dreamlives of Debris explores such impossible architecture as a way of knowing -- an extended metaphor for our current sense of lived experience: the feeling, for instance, of being awash in massive, networked data fields that may lead everywhere and nowhere at once. The lyrical narrative takes the form of a collage composed of multiple voices and genres from multiple time periods.
About the Author
Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney's and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency, N.E.A. Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he teaches at the University of Utah and serves as chair of the Board of Directors at the independent press Fiction Collective Two.