Paris, France: ca 1925. Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), French writer. ©Henri Martinie / Roger-Viollet / The Image Works NOTE: The copyright notice must include "The Image Works" DO NOT SHORTEN THE NAME OF THE COMPANY

The Eel – a literary obsession

Writer Jack Fingon realizes too late that his life of “intuition and attraction” has produced little to value, and nothing to remember. To settle a piece of unfinished business, Fingon devises a plan to fulfill the testamentary wish of French vagabond poet Blaise Cendrars – to be buried in the Sargasso Sea where “life first burst from the depths of the ocean floor towards the sun.”

“David MacKinnon in The Eel channels a seamless collaboration between Lawrence Durrell and Ernest Hemingway, with prose that will haunt, startle, and yes, entertain you.”

– Joe Hartlaub, senior reviewer at New York’s Book Reporter

“The Eel is an adventure story, a mystery, a tale of intrigue that like the fish itself twists and turns and changes colours. And it originates, quite literally, at the source of all Life.”

– Jim Christy, poet vagabond, novelist and sculptor

Critics have variously described David J. MacKinnon’s novels, including Leper Tango (Guernica), as “deviant,” “offensive,” “unvarnished” and “hilarious.” He has been compared to Henry Miller, William Burroughs, James Cain, Curzio Malaparte and Thomas Pynchon. The Eel, in MacKinnon’s words, is a metamodern triptych portraying “parasites who feed off the social host body.”

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