Sonny's Guerrillas (a novella)

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Restless and impoverished, a young Australian composer seizes the opportunity to write the soundtrack for an ultra-low budget and politically explosive historical film about the Greek Civil War.

'Sonny's Guerrilas' is a novella dramatizing the political, artistic and erotic adventures of a multi-national twentysomething generation drifting through an unsettled globalised Europe. More

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About Matthew Asprey

MATTHEW ASPREY’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, PopMatters, Island, Extempore, Nth Degree, and Over My Dead Body! His novellas Red Hills of Africa (2009), Sonny’s Guerrillas (2011), Angelique in San Francisco (2012), and Lewis and Loeb (2013) are available as chapbooks, as is the story collection To Murder My Love Is A Crime!: Stories of Desperate Men (2011). In 2011 Matthew Asprey was awarded a PhD in Media Studies by Macquarie University in Sydney. He lectures in cinema and creative writing at the university and is at work on an academic study of Orson Welles.

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Review by: Paul Samael on Feb. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
This novella about making an indie movie reminded me of a cross between “Hearts of Darkness” (a documentary about one or two, er, minor difficulties encountered by Francis Ford Coppola during the making of the film “Apocalypse Now”) and “The Beach” by Alex Garland (“Lord of the Flies” for the backpacker generation) - but with the action shifted from south-east Asia to Greece during the first throes of the financial crisis. It’s well written and sharply observed, with a very distinctive narrative voice. Although short (18,000 words), it’s just the length it needs to be (I am fed up with 400 page tomes that could have said what needed to be said in a quarter of that length – long live the novella!). For a longer review, see:
http://www.paulsamael.com/blog/sonny-s-guerrillas-by-matthew-asprey
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Review by: Sonny Bolisha on Sep. 22, 2011 : star star star star
A humorous yet heartfelt telling of an expat’s travels through unsettled, anarchic Greece, conveying the universal disenchantment at the loss of reason in the very place democracy was born, and how this has affected travellers and locals alike. Richly told and explored characters, intimate rendezvous and lively dialogue. A piquant story not overshadowed by the tone of sincere admiration for a world during a defining point in history, brilliantly and faithfully illustrated and brought to life through the author. Told from an endearing personal account that is both salacious and poignant.
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