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John Fraser is the author of 18 works of literary and speculative fiction. He was born in London and has worked in the UK (Cambridge, Leicester and Reading), Canada (Sudbury and Kitchener-Waterloo), and Italy (Bologna, Ferrara and Rome). 

His books are published by Aesop Modern Fiction and you can find out more about him and his books on his website



 

"One of the most extraordinary publishing events of the past few years has been the rapid, indeed insistent, appearance of the novels of John Fraser. There are few parallels in literary history to this almost simultaneous and largely belated appearance of a mature œuvre, sprung like Athena from Zeus’s forehead; and the novels in themselves are extraordinary"

John Fuller, "A significant presence in British letters"  (The Times)

 

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Storm

Category: Literary 

"Fraser's work is conceived on a heroic scale ... [he] is a deep and serious fantasist, wildly inventive ... [with a] dry wit and a direct speed of narrative which makes it indeed something like a written version of a graphic novel"

John Fuller, Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Whitbread Prize winner and Booker Prize shortlistee

 

Three policy experts are at a conference, where their principals are swept away by a storm. One of the experts is held for ransom, but is released in time to join the others as they discuss the new, leaderless, dispensation. They try various strategies to achieve power – the ex-Yugoslav, suspected of war crimes, and possible under-age sexual misdemeanours, proposes infiltrating the bureaucracy, but is unsuccessful. The initiative seems to lie with Melinda, the best-connected expert, who is also an adventurous musician. They consider an incursion into the US, and China – both in crisis, with their populations and resources in disarray. They make various attempts at exploration – the third expert is involved in a complex inner odyssey, and seek inspiration from a young explorer, Niobe, and an academic, Delphine. The group, led by Melinda, eventually decide on an incursion into Southern China, with the aim of securing positions of power in the newly re-organised polity.


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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThe Observatory

Category: Literary 

"Wonderfully absorbing and exciting. I can think of nothing much like it in fiction. Fraser maintains a masterfully ironic distance from the extreme conditions in which his characters find themselves. There are strikingly beautiful descriptions, veiled allusions to rooted traditions, unlikely events half-glimpsed, abrupted narratives, surreal but somehow apposite social customs. And deeply within the flow of the narrative, sustaining its onward march, are all the involved textures of the invented societal life, the colours, the animals, the architecture, richly delineated, very strange but always crazily believable"

John Fuller

 

The Observatory is a novel about political commitment and liberation. Set in 1968, it reflects the high season of Guevara in Bolivia, and the attempts to insert a revolutionary 'foco' in places where objective conditions are politically ripe, but where the subjective element, and the most rudimentary organisation, are absent. 

Guerilla intellectuals, loaded with visionary enthusiasm, arrive like space travellers, igniting the revolutionary straw and engaging armies, but too respectful to damage the traditions and culture of those who are to be liberated.

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comAnimal Tales

Category: Literary 

"One of the most extraordinary publishing events of the past few years has been the rapid, indeed insistent, appearance of the novels of John Fraser - most recently Animal Tales and Three Beauties"

John Fuller

 

 The theme of the three stories that make up John Fraser’s latest literary tour de force, Animal Tales, is sacrifice. Sacrifice for others, for those close to one, or as a once-religious, generalised act.

The context is a nature ‘personalised’ in the form of its animals – animals as the screen on which humans project their aspirations and their failures.

In the first tale, the female protagonist suffers a series of disappointments – in her art, her civilisation, and the violation of her body. There remains for her only the self-denial and cleansing of consumption by an animal.

In 'The White Room', the hero betrays trusts and friendships, culminating in the seduction of his friend’s wife. The gift of an animal seems to unload the guilt and treachery on to the beast itself.

'The Guardians' are the fantastic terra cotta animals that guard Chinese tombs. A powerful boss tries to salve his soul through a deal with nature.

Only the lifeless guardian statues hide the void, however. The living animals are let down – along with the humans themselves.

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Ascribe Novel Solutions: promote advertise and market your quality self-published novel at ascribeme.comThree Beauties

Category: Literary 

Three Beauties is John Fraser's latest tour de force in speculative fiction. Beauty is an idea of perfection, moral, physical, social, political - and these three tales, with their beautiful questing characters, exemplify the search for the best there is. In the first tale, the heroine aspires to perfection in sex, sport and literature. Genetic improvement too is tried - but in the end she runs foul of the classical link between beauty, judgement and the struggle to be top. Afrodite, the acme of beauty, notoriously had her champions, and intervened - unfairly - to have them score in battle. In the second tale, Afrodite is absent or indifferent, as the characters tangle with high politics, and seek in vain a measure of social improvement. The final tale has the beauty, the heroine, in a mechanical role, to oil the plot. The moral is that perfection lies beyond the world, up in the sky.

 

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