Through a series of improbable coincidences, in the early 1970s Harry Mathews, then living in France, was commonly reputed to be a CIA agent. Even his closest friends had their suspicions, which were only reinforced each time he tried to deny such a connection. With growing frustration at his inability to make anyone believe him, Mathews decided to act the part.
My Life in CIA documents Mathews's experiences as a would-be spy during 1973, where amid charged world events-the coup in Chile, Watergate, the ending of the Vietnam War-he found himself engaged in a game that took sinister twists as various foreign agencies were interested in him for their own dubious purposes. Harry Mathews has turned these strange events into a spellbinding thriller that relentlessly blurs the line between fact and fiction.
"It's outrageous that an educated man and a gifted writer like Mr. Mathews could make such a public confession of such shameful activities."-Q. Kuhlmann, author of The Eye of Anguish: Subversive Activity in the German Democratic Republic "So what you have at the end of the day is a book that's easy to like, an unusual pleasure: an American expatriate spy fantasy, and a very entertaining novel. Of course it is a novel. Right?"--New York Times "A taut manhunt."--Guardian
Series: American Literature Series
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th January 2015
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.29