My Life in CIA (2005) – Harry Mathews

My Life in CIA book
My Life in CIA is Harry Mathews‘s ‘autobiographical novel,’ spinning a yarn of a time in 1973 in Paris when he decided to go along with the idea that people had that he was working as an intelligence man. It’s hard to know how to take this story – at times it almost seems plausible, and then he describes (for example) giving a lecture to a bunch of dyslexic travelers at which he tells them to only take trains that depart at palindromic times like 12:21. It’s quite a funny tale, as the narrator proceeds to get in way over his head, while also having occasional tantric non-sex dates.Here’s a short interview with Mathews.

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