The spectacular third novel from DBC Pierre, one of the great fantastical storytellers of his generation
Gabriel Brockwell, aesthete, poet, philosopher, disaffected twenty-something decadent, is thinking terminal. His philosophical inquiries, the abstractions he indulges and how these relate to a life lived all point in the same direction. His destination is Wonderland. The nature and style of the journey is all that?s to be decided.
Taking in London, Tokyo, Berlin and the Galapagos Islands, Lights Out in Wonderland documents Gabriel Brockwell?s remarkable global odyssey. Committed to the pursuit of pleasure and in search of the Bacchanal to obliterate all previous parties, Gabriel?s adventure takes in a spell in rehab, a near-death experience with fugu ovaries, a sexual encounter with an octopus and finally an orgiastic feast in the bowels of Berlin?s majestic Tempelhof Airport. Along the way we see a character disintegrate and reshape before our eyes as his urge toward self-destruction transforms into a vitalizing epiphany.
Lights Out in Wonderland carries you through its many corridors of delight and horror in Gabriel?s voice, which is at once skeptical, seductive, idealistic and broken. An allegorical banquet and a sly commentary on these End Times and the march toward insensate banality, DBC Pierre?s third novel completes a loose trilogy of fictions, each of which stands alone as a joyful expression of the human spirit.