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Tim, living in Amsterdam and enduring a hard winter, finds he is suddenly pursued by two very different men. Both come out of the criminal and hard-edged margins of Amsterdam that Tim has for so many years frequented. Klaus is a German who sells death to those willing to pay for it. Radek is Polish, 19 years old, selling his innocence but holding out for love. In The VicioTim, living in Amsterdam and enduring a hard winter, finds he is suddenly pursued by two very different men. Both come out of the criminal and hard-edged margins of Amsterdam that Tim has for so many years frequented. Klaus is a German who sells death to those willing to pay for it. Radek is Polish, 19 years old, selling his innocence but holding out for love. In The Vicious Age, John Roman Baker explores, through the eyes of his protagonist Tim, the painful realities of life and of ageing in a city that has become more materialistic and vicious in its constant need to renew itself. Drugs and an ever-deepening cycle of sexual dependency provide temporary relief from this, but as his encounters leave him increasingly exposed to danger and violence, Tim knows he must break free and face the future without illusions, but not necessarily alone. John Roman Baker is a British poet, playwright and novelist who has lived and worked mainly in Paris, Amsterdam and Brighton....

Title : The Vicious Age
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ISBN : 9781899713349
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Vicious Age Reviews

  • Federico Hewson
    2018-11-27 08:48

    I highly recommend this mature work of an underground author whose work I know well. John Roman Baker's poetic and powerful writing is frequently dark with distinctive and perceptive despair. What stands out in The Vicious Age is that through the brutality the title alludes to rays of hope sneak up and startle the reader - illuminating deeper the well detailed emotional and geographical landscapes. In both city locations of the novel - Amsterdam and Cologne - Baker writes vividly of their current streets and culture - particularly Amsterdam in its current state of flux and recent tumultuous history. John Roman Baker is a poet along with being a playwright and novelist and in this stark and sometimes violent novella he unearths jewels of clarity, atmosphere and psychology in a world of men haunted by their history. The sympathetic main protagonist takes us through faded hustler bars of Amsterdam, power struggles between young men and old, and his own vulnerability in the fragility of aging and the long difficult path that leads to love. The Vicious Age moves from brutality to aching intimacy from terror to peace - with a surprising but totally satisfying ending. Vicious, luminous, tragic and touching- I highly recommend this book.