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Three dramatic and emblematic stories intertwine in Sway the early days of the Rolling Stones; the life of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger; and the community of Charles Manson and his followers. Together they illuminate a decade s rise and fall; its gods and devils; and a particular hour in American history when many young revellers seeking joy, fellowship and liberation fell under a darker spell, leading to unprovoked and inexplicable violence.
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Zachary Lazar graduated from Brown University in 1990. He has been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has received the James Michener/Copernicus Society Prize from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Lazar grew up in Colorado and now teaches at Hofstra University. Sway is his second novel.


"Lazar's hugely impressive achievement is to evoke the energy of an over-documented time in a new way... As dark and enigmatic as its central subjects, Sway often feels like a whole new genre of folklore's irresistible" * Daily Mail * "Dark, intricate eulogy to the bloody death of Sixties idealism" * Esquire * "Lazar is a clever enough writer to let his juxtapositions and cross-cuts do the work: indeed his visual imagination pervades" * Times Literary Supplement * "Reveals Lazar to be a considerable talent" * Guardian * "Sway is a study of layers of manipulation and control: Manson over his credulous followers; the Stones over their audience; Anger's attempt to harness the forces of magic... Casts a haunting spell over the reader" * Daily Telegraph *

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