- Paperback: 180 pages
- Published: 7/1/01
- IBSN: 9781888451221
- Genre: Fiction
Fast Eddie is a convoluted Oedipal adventure blending low-brow scenarios with high-art diction, reminiscent of Robert Coover, John Hawkes, and Edmund White.
“A lively and imaginative 21st-century parody of the Victorian novel of the foundling in search of his true parents, complete with comically elaborate twists and turns of plot, broad social satire, and a rich cast of characters. Fast Eddie’s a lot of fun.”
“Robert Arellano leads us through a maze of playful language and hairpin plot twists to a realm where myth mutates like cells bombarded by radiation—all with a showman’s touch for making the familiar world seem strange and a strange world vivid.”
—Stacey Richter, author of My Date with Satan
A selection of the Akashic Urban Surreal Series.
An abandoned child hustles on the streets of a dystopic, near-future Boston in the aftermath of the Great Devaluation—squatters have turned the tunnel system into an underground hive known as Dig City. In an elaborate search for his unknown parents, Eddie narrates through several levels of deception: street performer, pickpocket, adoptee, casino employee, and finally commander of the subterranean revolution. Fast Eddie is a convoluted Oedipal adventure blending low-brow scenarios with high-art diction, reminiscent of Robert Coover, John Hawkes, and Edmund White.
With the publication of Fast Eddie, Akashic Books launches the Akashic Urban Surreal series. Inspired by the shifting social boundaries in underground classics such as O’Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces and Nersesian’s Manhattan Loverboy—and echoing the achievements in imagination of magic realism—this series invites readers to glimpse worlds that are similar to their own, but with margins and rules that evolve . . . and devolve.
ROBERT ARELLANO is the author of Curse the Names, of the Edgar-nominated noir Havana Lunar, and of two earlier novels—Fast Eddie, King of the Bees and Don Dimaio of La Plata—all published by Akashic Books. Writing as Eddy Arellano, he collaborated with three artists on the graphic novel Dead in Desemboque from Soft Skull Press, and as Bobby Rabyd he created the web’s first interactive novel, Sunshine ’69. He lived for seven years in the small mountain town of Dixon, New Mexico, and he now teaches in the College of Arts & Sciences at Southern Oregon University.