From the publisher of James Lasdun’s new book: “A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author’s strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled ‘verbal terrorist,’ who began trying, in her words, to ‘ruin him.’ Hate mail—much of it violently anti-Semitic—online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun’s account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle Eastern politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.”
James Lasdun has published two novels and several collections of short stories and poetry. He was the inaugural recipient of the U.K./BBC Short Story Prize and has been short-listed for the Los Angeles Times, T.S. Eliot, and Forward prizes in poetry. Lasdun’s testimony in memory of Ted Solotaroff was published in NER 30.3.
Give Me Everything You Have is available at Powell’s and other booksellers.