Flash and Filigree
A satirical dream-logic journey through the dark heart of 1950s Los Angeles
Dr. Frederick Eichner, world-renowned dermatologist, is visited by the entrancingly irritating Felix Treevly who comes to him as a patient and stays as an obsession. Prosaic incidents blossom into bizarre developments with the sharpened reality of dreams as the spectral Mr. Treevly leads the doctor into a series of increasingly weird situations. With the assistance of a drunken private detective, a mad judge, a car crash, a game show called “What’s My Disease,” and a hashish party, Treevly drives Eichner to madness and mayhem. It is through comedy and a strange blend of violence and poetic delicacy that the novel charms. Southern’s first novel, Flash and Filigree was turned down by seventeen timorous American publishers. It was Southern’s mentor, the “genius” English novelist Henry Green, who brought the book to the attention of a leading British publishing house, which released it to high praise. A fast-paced dark comedy, Flash and Filigree established Terry Southern as one of the finest American prose stylists to emerge in Paris after the War. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
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“Mr. Southern has given us a dazzling performance. This is the book of the year.”—Henry Green, The Observer “A technical masterpiece . . . both maddeningly elliptical and startlingly explicit.”—The Times “A mad, deft book, subject to the rules of poetry.” —BBC Radio “Flash and Filigree is a very mysterious creation. Black humor? More than that, much more . . . Terry Southern knows how to write!” —William Burroughs “Flash and Filigree has an unfailing sense of the ridiculous, heightened by deadpan delivery.” —Time “The airless, slightly torpid climate of suburban Los Angeles and the speech of its natives is rendered with arresting vividness. Equally compelling are his bizarre protagonists. —The New York Times “Written in dancing prose, Flash and Filigree is startlingly original.” —Detroit Sunday Times
About the author
Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American author and screenwriter. His novels—including the bestselling cult classics Candy (1958) and The Magic Christian (1959)—established Southern as a literary and pop culture icon. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays of Dr. Strangelove (written with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) and Easy Rider (written with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper). His other books include Flash and Filigree (1958), Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967), Blue Movie (1970), and Texas Summer (1991). In later years, he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at New York University and Columbia University.