The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre (Paperback)
Washington Square Press, 9780743271240, 306pp.
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
Praise For The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre…
"In its evocation of the artist as lover thwarted by time and death, it captures some of the sweetness of feeling of La Bohème. By the time it reaches its final pages, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre has become a genuinely moving experience."
-- Anthony Giardina, author of Recent History
"In The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, Dominic Smith writes with an authority very few first-time novelists possess. He wonderfully evokes nineteenth- century Paris through a chemically addled consciousness -- a formidable achievement that he manages with humor and grace. A remarkable debut."
-- Mark Jude Poirier, author of Modern Ranch Living: A Novel
"An endlessly thought-provoking story about a man driven to capture and preserve everything that is fleeting and evanescent. It is a book as haunting as a daguerreotype: true in its details, but pesteringly strange; and as beautiful as if it were written not in words but in light."
-- Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo
"A lyrical journey into the world of a man lost to nostalgia and undone by beauty. Dominic Smith has generously rendered an artist in desperate pursuit of the sublime."
-- Paul Jaskunas, author of Hidden
"In this evocative novel, Louis Daguerre is a poet whose medium is light, a man for whom memory is as penetrating and fixed as his photographs.Dominic Smith's acute detail calls forth visions of a world and a man on the verge of transformation."
-- Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air
"A splendid novel. You don't often see such a graceful command of historical detail in a first book. Or such striking and elegant prose. Dazzling and wondrous."
-- John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake