David Antonelli was born in Chicago in 1963. He was educated at The University of Alberta, Oxford, Caltech, and MIT. In 2010 he published his first novel The Narcissist, followed by The False Man in 2011. His film credits include Inbetween (2008), which was nominated for awards at several international film festivals, Finding Rudolf Steiner (Documentary, Official Selection Calgary International Film Festival 2006, now available on DVD), Lucifer Gnosis (short), Forever (16 mm short), Dreaming (16 mm short, named in top three at the Montreal International Student Film Festival, 1989), La Toyson D’Or (16 mm short), and The Chalk Elephant (16 mm short). He currently lives in Cardiff and teaches at the University of Glamorgan.
on April 21, 2011 :
In order to announce I have to say it was a fine fingertip to present such a story. As I was reading the book my mind was captived as I was within the main character. I hope to hear more of Antonellis novels!!
(review of free book)
on Feb. 19, 2011 :
"Exciting stuff! In David Antonelli the world has just witnessed the birth of a great new writer of astonishing originality...The Narcissist is an emotional and cerebral mind bender that comes from the same psychological place as Nirvanna's first album, or Rimbaud's "A Season in Hell" but uses a first person film-noire narrative that gradually unravels into absurdity in much the same way as Antonion's "L'Aventurra" or Paul Auster's "New York Trilogy" use a mystery as a platform for existential reflection. The characters are all riveting and the prose beautiful and electrifying. There are scenes that make you laugh, others that make you angry, and still others that leave you utterly spellbound - like some of the erotic sequences, the exploding doll's leg, or the peyote trip on the island. It also serves as a great introduction to the works of French surrealist writer Antonin Artaud. It keeps you reading from start to finish down to the very last line. The depth of psychology and philosophical insights compliment the carefully plotted, but surreal mystery chassis and edgy writing to make this a true masterpiece. I would rate him as good a writers as Jonathan Franzen and Sarah Kane, but completely different and more continental in his influences. Looking forward to more where this came from!
(review of free book)