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Magick Papers by Antonio Pineda

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Called a gifted first novel, Antonio Pineda's Magick Papers
is perhaps also one of the very few detective stories with
a backdrop of the performing arts.

But it reflects Pineda's earlier life in the psychedelic underground
of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district where he was one of the
founders of the Straight Theatre Group.

Never predictable, Magick Papers is an absorbing tale of
grime, crime and punishment.

The narrative follows the story's protagonist on a
self-indulgent but otherwise apparently purposeless
journey from San Francisco to Eastern Europe with
descriptive and entertaining prose.

But while there, murder is afoot in San Francisco which link mysteriously to the traveler.

The connection is far from obvious but comes into focus as the story progresses.

Along the way there's also Pineda's social commentary
on the American system of criminal justice in all its warts and glory.

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world premiere blotterati fatagaga theatre

Le Salon des Clochards incites a literary event with
the fury of Les Fauves, the satire of Dada and the imagery founded by the
Dawn of Surrealism. RSVP
 
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand (FCCT)
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02-652-0580-1
Fax: 02-652-0582
http://www.fccthai.com/
                                  
A Literary Musical Play in One Act
Minuit et Pere Lachaise
Midnight and Pere Lachaise
Wednesday Nov 2 2005 8 PM
Hosted Reception at 7:00 PM


Earlier this year the FCCT was pleased to be the venue for
the launch of Antonio Pineda's debut novel The Magick Papers. A
straightforward detective story set on a journey anything but
straightforward, commencing in San Francisco and wandering all the way to Eastern Europe. The book provided its author with an opportunity to draw on his experiences among the psychedelic Haight Ashbury underground where he was one of the founders of the Straight Theatre.

Now The Magick Pepers has served yet another purpose :
inspiration and backdrop for Pineda's literary musical play in one act
Minuit et Pere Lachaise - Midnight and Pere Lachaise. Seet in and among
the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, sthe most famous cemetery in the
literary world, the play brings to life some of the ground's most notable
residents.

Dramatis Personae.
Oscar Wilde played by Mark Sobels
Edith Piaf by Katherine Roberts
Jim Morrison in the guise of the author  Antonio Pineda

   

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Read the Review in the Nation:

A gifted first novel

A challenging detective tale that travels from San Francisco to Eastern Europe

Antonio Pineda’s novel is advertised as a detective story with a touch of Raymond Chandler brought up to date. This is a book that addicts of the genre will probably find more challenging than normal.

In fact, the cover notes that anyone with an IQ above “gifted” will appreciate this novel and be entertained, absorbed and challenged by it.

But to get the full taste and details of the plot, “The Magick Papers” probably requires reference books on blotter art and the music and theatre of the late 20th century. It also probably needs to be read twice.

A brilliant novel, but only for those who are not intellectually challenged.

Dubbed as possibly “The Great American Novel” – followed by a correction that it was probably “The Great Anti-American Novel” – “The Magick Papers” will likely create controversy for the author and publisher.

Not that this novel is against the US, it is just that many of the cultural elements portrayed can only be regarded as that of a nation in decline.

The author cannot be blamed for portraying the truth. In fact, it is the duty of all authors in a free society to do so.

Publisher IQ Inc goes for books that challenge the conventional perspective and make people think. Another work of “faction” – much of the story being “true crime” – “The Magick Papers” continues that tradition.

Never predictable, this tale of crime and punishment within the judicial system and outside it will keep you guessing until the final pages.

Pineda’s narrative takes us on his hero’s self-indulgent and apparently purposeless journey from San Francisco to Eastern Europe, with prose so descriptive the journey alone is entertaining. But back in San Francisco, murders are taking place which link up with the man travelling through Eastern Europe. What is the connecting factor?

Pineda is a resident of San Francisco and the quality of his writing ensures that the American scenes are absorbing and totally authentic.

Unlike any other detective story that I can recall, “The Magick Papers” has a very strong element of the performing arts woven into the narrative. This reflects Pineda’s earlier life as part of the psychedelic underground in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district when he was one of the founders of the Straight Theatre Group.

Pineda was also an actor in regional theatre, interpreting the works of Artaud, Brecht, Yukio Mishima and Shakespeare. As a professional dancer, he studied ballet in San Francisco with Carlos Carvajal, as well as flamenco with Cruz Luna, Rosa Montoya and Miguel Santos. He continued his studies in Madrid with the maestros Ciro, Maria Madalena and Juan Antonio De Los Reyes. Pineda then returned to California and formed Los Flamenco de Bronce – a popular fixture on the San Francisco scene.

The author’s background in the arts ensures that this book is more intellectual in the way it narrates what at times is a very violent tale revolving around blotter art – artistically created designs imprinted on papers containing the mind-expanding drug LSD. Hence the title “The Magick Papers”.

Eventually, the many attractions of Thailand drew Pineda to its shores. He is now a regular visitor to the Kingdom. It was in Thailand that he wrote “The Magick Papers”, his first novel.

“The Magick Papers” can be found at most good bookstores throughout the Kingdom. A welcome new trend for readers living in more remote areas of Thailand is that “The Magick Papers” and all books published by IQ Inc can be obtained online and postage-free from www.asiapublications.com.

Now, isn’t that magic come true?

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The Magick Papers
by Antonio Pineda
Published by IQ Inc
Available at all bookshops, Bt390
Reviewed by Khanet

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