David Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist, and a professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. He is the author of How the Night is Divided (McPherson & Company), China Beach (Station Hill Press), Dressed In Protective Fashion (Other Wind Press), It Might Do Well With Strawberries (Marick Press), Fontana’s Mirror (Boss Books), and Prisons: Inside the New America from Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib (North Atlantic Books), based on a ten-year experience teaching in one of the oldest prison education programs in the nation in New York State. He has written numerous essays and reviews.
A HalfMan Dreaming conjures into existence an apocalyptic storyline that takes its narrator, Lupe, from a childhood encounter with the Enola Gay on the edge of the Californian desert, to the war in Vietnam, to prison in Detroit. Filled with confusion, anger, and shame at the things that he has seen and done, Lupe struggles to find his way out of the maze of violence and racism that is Postwar America.
With lyrical intensity and pyrotechnic prose, A HalfMan Dreaming weaves together history, archaeology, and mythology in a Melville-ian quest to discover the Leviathan heart of America’s love affair with death and destruction.