• by Steve Erickson
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the same August day in 1969 that a crazed hippie "family" led by Charles Manson commits five savage murders in the canyons above Los Angeles, a young ex-communicated seminarian arrives with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - "the two most beautiful people in the history of the movies" - tattooed on his head. At once childlike and violent, Vikar is not a cineaste but "cineautistic", sleeping at night in the Roosevelt Hotel where he's haunted by the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a culture in upheaval: strange drugs that frighten him, a strange sexuality that consumes him, a strange music he doesn't understand. Over the course of the 70s and into the 80s, he pursues his obsession with film from one screening to the next and through a series of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran film editors, only to discover a secret whose clues lie in every film ever made.


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The best book I've read in years.

Would you listen to Zeroville again? Why?

Yes. Absolutely.

What did you like best about this story?

The circular narrative.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

That's a weird question.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yeah, but no spoiler here.

Any additional comments?

Bring in more books from Steve Erickson. I want more.

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- R. Löe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.