Bartholomew Fair

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Asylum Arts, 1999 - Fiction - 133 pages
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Fiction. Set in London during a killing heat wave, Eric Basso's 1982 novel, BARTHOLOMEW FAIR, unfolds as a terrible cataclysm is about to devastate the city. Begun in the Middle Ages as a religious festival in commemoration of St. Bartholomew the Great, over the centuries Bartholomew Fair passed through several metamorphoses. Now it has gone underground. Its lone survivor recounts the story of the Fair's final, sordid incarnation, and the bizarre odyssey which brings him face-to-face with the unspeakable. Rich in texture and atmosphere, this extraordinary novel is also a stylistic tour de force, in which the history of Bartholomew Fair, whose long-dead voices come to life in these pages, haunts the clandestine activities of its modern-day performers and their obsessed patrons.

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About the author (1999)

Eric Basso was bornin Baltimore in 1947. His fiction, poetry, drama and essays have appeared in the Chicago Review, Fiction International, Central Park, Collages & Bricolages, Exquisite Corpse and many other publications. His five collections of poems are published by Asylum Arts. He is the author of twenty-one plays. His critically acclaimed drama trilogy, The Golem Triptych, and his book of short fiction, The Beak Doctor, are also available from Asylum Arts.

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