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You Deserve Nothing

by Alexander Maksik

Tonga Books | August 23, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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William Silver is a talented and charismatic young teacher. His unconventional methods raise eyebrows among his colleagues and superiors, but his students are devoted to him. He brings ideas into the classroom that profoundly affect how they conduct their lives. His discussions of Camus, Faulkner, Sartre, Keats and other kindred souls breathe life into his students' sense of social justice and their capacities for philosophical and ethical thought. But unbeknownst to his adoring pupils, Silver proves incapable of living up to the ideals he encourages in others. Emotionally scarred by failures in his personal life and driven to distraction by the City of Light's overpowering carnality and beauty, Silver succumbs to a temptation that will change the course of his life. His fall will render him a criminal in the eyes of some, and human, all too human, in the eyes of others.

In Maksik's stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling and dangerously seductive. It serves as a fitting backdrop for a dramatic tale about the tension between desire and action, and about the complex relationship that exists between our public and private selves.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: August 23, 2011

Publisher: Tonga Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1609450485

ISBN - 13: 9781609450489

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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You Deserve Nothing

You Deserve Nothing

by Alexander Maksik

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: August 23, 2011

Publisher: Tonga Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1609450485

ISBN - 13: 9781609450489

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William Silver is a talented and charismatic young teacher. His unconventional methods raise eyebrows among his colleagues and superiors, but his students are devoted to him. He brings ideas into the classroom that profoundly affect how they conduct their lives. His discussions of Camus, Faulkner, Sartre, Keats and other kindred souls breathe life into his students' sense of social justice and their capacities for philosophical and ethical thought. But unbeknownst to his adoring pupils, Silver proves incapable of living up to the ideals he encourages in others. Emotionally scarred by failures in his personal life and driven to distraction by the City of Light's overpowering carnality and beauty, Silver succumbs to a temptation that will change the course of his life. His fall will render him a criminal in the eyes of some, and human, all too human, in the eyes of others.

In Maksik's stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling and dangerously seductive. It serves as a fitting backdrop for a dramatic tale about the tension between desire and action, and about the complex relationship that exists between our public and private selves.

About the Author

Alexander Maksik's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Review, Narrative Magazine, Strangers in Paris : New Writing Inspired by the City of Light , nthWORD and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. He is the recipient of a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Iowa City. You Deserve Nothing is his first novel.

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