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Forbidden Dreams

Fragments of a Novel in Progress

By JULES SIEGEL

"I will never part with my copy." —JOHN LE CARRE

300 typeset 5-1/2 in. by 8-1/2 in. pages with color illustrations. Laser-printed at 600 dots per inch on 25% cotton-rag acid-free archival paper; glued and side-sewn and bound in boards covered in hand-made amate paper Price: To come, by subscription only. Download digital text

MR. LE CARRÉ IS TALKING ABOUT his copy of Forbidden Dreams, a book integrating all my short fiction into a single work covering the life of Franklin Cornish, the name which all male protagonists of stories such as "Déjà Vu" (who are really the same person anyway) now bear. 

As my fans might remember, Franklin is a commercial artist who wants to be a writer. Forbidden Dreams is basically a high class hot novel using the classic spy adventure genre, but with almost no violence. It is written in a clear, easily accessible style and has a very strong conventional plot. I have been working on this book for more than 25 years.

If Vermeer could have been a Jewish writer in the middle of the Sexual Revolution, this is how I imagine him depicting his life. Since he's been dead a long time, I'm sure he won't mind this. 

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