Mano, D Keith

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(1942-2016) US actor, author and playwright whose energetic novels confronted Christians (he was himself a Russian Orthodox Christian) with various moral and physical dilemmas. His second novel, Horn (1969), is a transcendental fable; his third, War Is Heaven! (1970), describes with some surreal vividness a Future War in an imaginary – but easily imagined – South American country. The Bridge (1973) is a full-fledged sf novel set in 2035 CE, where draconian attempts to combat environmental Pollution have created a Dystopia, and where a convert to Christianity misunderstands the nature of that Religion and becomes a cannibal. The fantastic premise of the long and Rabelaisian Take Five: A Novel in Which Things Happen (1982) is the protagonist's steady loss, one by one, of the five senses of Perception. Mano's handling of religious themes was far from orthodox piety; he was comfortable with being called a Christian pornographer. [JC/DRL]

David Keith Mano

born New York: 13 February 1942

died New York: 14 September 2016


  • Horn (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin, 1969) [hb/Charles Mikolaycak]
  • War Is Heaven! (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1970) [hb/]
  • The Bridge (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1973) [hb/Paul Bacon]
  • Take Five (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1982) [hb/]


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