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Stephen-Paul Martin’s The Ace of Lightning is a series of interconnected stories focused on a turning point in Western history: the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria which triggered World War I, and the mysterious circumstances that led Gavrilo Princip to shoot and kill the heir apparent to one of Europe’s most powerful empires.
 
Far from being a conventional work of historical fiction, Martin’s collection asks readers to think about what truly constitutes history. What would the past look like if history was written under the influence of Mad Magazine and The Twilight Zone? What happens when the assassination in Sarajevo becomes “the assassination in Sarajevo,” when Gavrilo Princip becomes “Gavrilo Princip,” when the past and the present shape a textual future that looks suspiciously like a past that never was and a present that never is?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. The Real Enemy
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Possibly Everything
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. Twilight Zone Episode
  2. pp. 35-56
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  1. Therapy
  2. pp. 57-96
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  1. Extraordinary Subjective States
  2. pp. 97-128
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  1. Because of the Wall
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. The Royal Scam
  2. pp. 155-188
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  1. Writing Things Down
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. The Nearsighted Assassin
  2. pp. 215-250
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  1. More Dangerous
  2. pp. 251-266
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  1. Sandwiches
  2. pp. 267-291
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781573668699
Related ISBN
9781573660587
MARC Record
OCLC
971898318
Pages
298
Launched on MUSE
2017-02-11
Language
English
Open Access
No
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