Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Visions" by Jean Koning Giveaway


'Visions' is a collection of columns written for the e-zine The Noise. A surprisingly intimate portrait on life and every day politics, accomplished with a fierce manner of writing.

Inspired by his own research for the musical album 'Notes from Purgatory', Jean Koning digs deep into the well of his personal life and blends the stories he found there with his experiences and visions of the American Way of Life, to portray a whirlwind of emotion, anger and doubt.

Dipped deep in a cocktail of absurdity and melancholy, the swift stories are built upon the eagerness to achieve a deeper understanding in trends, hypes and the corrupt world of commercial art.

The stories' subjects change as swiftly as the Dutch climate. From Amsterdam hookers to New York art openings and the ongoing war in Iraq. From the duality toward American lifestyles and Hollywood productions to Barbie and Ken in a setting of ironic perversity. From a heartfelt letter full of tips for Hillary Clinton to a remarkable talk show with Oprah Winfrey.

'Visions' is a humoristic approach of the life we lead today, with a huge comment made on worldwide politics. This is our planet today, with America as the prime suspect, Europe as the jury and Koning himself as the brutal judge.

Surprisingly enough, Koning doesn't point a finger of blame at anyone without pointing that finger at himself first.

Visions provides the year 2006 in columns. Jean Koning investigated the American Way of Life through European Eyes for an American Magazine during the promotion of his personal vision of the American Song Book presented on the album ´Notes from Purgatory´.

In these unique tales Koning mixes politics with sexuality, humor with tragedy and intelligence with complete naivety. The stories are touching and thrilling, and offer a unique glance at America from an artist’s point of view. It is like magazine editor Josh Brown once said about these columns: ‘Every American Citizen should read this!’ And now the same can be said about this book: “Every American Citizen should have a copy of this!”

Giveaway ~

Jean Koning is offering two copies of his book, Visions, to two of my lucky readers.

To enter ~ Comment here with why you want this book. Doesn't have to be a detailed answer or anything like that :)

Extra Entries ~

Contest will run until July 25th

9 comments:

EllyBean said...

This sounds like an interesting read! Count me in.

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Belinda M said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

I heard this was a funny & well written book.

Jenny

Anonymous said...

Looks like an interesting read. I love finding out how other countries look at America.

Mark

amanda said...

I am intrigued by this book.. I'd love to read it to experience this glance at America from someone elses view.
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