Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Daniel A. Blum

Dear Reader…

I hope you enjoy, “The Feet Say Run”. 

I had never intended it to be quite so relevant to today’s world as it turned out.  I had thought I was writing about history – surely, with a universal message, but still a piece about a particular period – yet now I read certain passages and feel slightly dizzy. 

I quite consciously wanted to write a novel that was both poetic and hard to put down – full of tension and plot.  I feel there are not nearly enough novels like this.  I find so many literary novels to be slow and disappointing, and I wanted, “The Feet Say Run,” to be different - to be lyrical yet full of story and suspense. 

I often get asked what the novel, “means”.  Many readers, survivors of Literature 101 and its ilk, wonder, ‘what does this mean’ or ‘what does that mean’ when reading a novel.  Yet few novelists go around planting hidden meanings, symbols, like so many Easter Eggs, waiting to be discovered.  (Perhaps some modern poets make a habit of this, but if you ask me, it’s a pretty annoying habit.)  In my own experience, what a good novelist wants to say, in almost every case, is pretty much right there in the story itself:  What it feels like to be alive, to have this odd thing we call consciouness, to have this or that extraordinary experience, to be alive in this time in history and in this particular place.  

In The Feet Say Run the plot is intricate and involved, but what it says is not: That humans are capable of extraordinary cruelty and kindness, stupidity and brilliance; that life is chaotic and infinitely complex;  that this sturdy-seeming thing we call civilization is in truth desperately fragile, and is held together by silken strands of compassion so frayed they could tear at any moment.   

And on that note…enjoy.


About the Author

Daniel A. Blum grew up in New York, attended Brandeis University and currently lives outside of Boston with his family. His first novel Lisa33 was published by Viking in 2003. He has been featured in Poets and Writers magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and most recently, interviewed in Psychology Today.

Daniel writes a humor blog, The Rotting Post, that has developed a loyal following.

His latest release is the literary novel, The Feet Say Run.



About the Book:

Author: Daniel A. Blum
Publisher: Gabriel’s Horn Press
Pages: 349
Genre: Literary Fiction
At the age of eighty-five, Hans Jaeger finds himself a castaway among a group of survivors on a deserted island.  What is my particular crime?  he asks.   Why have I been chosen  for this fate?  And so he begins his extraordinary chronicle. 

It would be an understatement to say he has lived a full life.  He has grown up in Nazi Germany and falls in love with Jewish girl.  He fights for the Germans on two continents, watches the Reich collapse spectacularly into occupation and starvation, and marries his former governess.  After the war he goes on wildflower expeditions in the Alps, finds solace among prostitutes while his wife lay in a coma, and marries a Brazilian chambermaid in order to receive a kidney from her. 

By turns sardonic and tragic and surreal, Hans’s story is the story of all of the insanity, irony and horror of the modern world itself.  


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