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The Temple of Iconoclasts

Wilcock, Juan Rodolfo

Published by Mercury House, 2000
ISBN 10: 1562791192 / ISBN 13: 9781562791193
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Title: The Temple of Iconoclasts

Publisher: Mercury House

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers

Edition: 1st Edition.

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San Francisco. 2000. Mercury House. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. Translated from the Italian by Lawrence Venuti. 190 pages. paperback. Cover design by Kirsten Janese-Nelson. Cover art: 'The School of Athens,' (1510-1512) by Raphael (1483-1520). 1562791192. keywords: Literature Italy Argentina Translated. inventory # 41026. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘Compellingly whimsical, alienated, pseudo-scientific, bizarre: all these adjectives describe this fiction in the form of a short reference work, the first book by admired Argentinian-Italian novelist Wilcock to be published in English. This book (his best-known in Italy) consists of short essays describing the lives of obsessive eccentrics, some real and some imaginary. Venuti renders Wilcock’s Italian into lucid, captivating English, and offers a biographical introduction. [Perfect for] lovers of postmodern mind games.’ —Publishers Weekly. ‘This collection of biographical stories, mostly imagined, a few somewhat factual, is both deliciously eccentric and wonderfully entertaining. Taken together, these false lives, at turns surreal, absurd, poignant, or campy, present a wise and timely commentary.’ —Booklist. Italian author Wilcock (1919-78) wrote many fascinating works -- including poetry, short fiction, novels, literary criticism, drama in verse and prose, and cultural journalism -- but this outstanding translation is the first to appear in English. Using short, encyclopaedic/biographical entries, Wilcock profiles people who are definitely iconoclasts. They tear down traditional beliefs and scientific notions on many different topics, from utopias to biology, offering a riveting array of ideas. Some real people with iconoclastic bents are included along with some bizarre fictional characters. Bookseller Inventory # 41026

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Synopsis: Italian author Wilcock (1919-78) wrote many fascinating works -- including poetry, short fiction, novels, literary criticism, drama in verse and prose, and cultural journalism -- but this outstanding translation is the first to appear in English. Using short, encyclopaedic/biographical entries, Wilcock profiles people who are definitely iconoclasts. They tear down traditional beliefs and scientific notions on many different topics, from utopias to biology, offering a riveting array of ideas. Some real people with iconoclastic bents are included along with some bizarre fictional characters.

About the Author: Lawrence Venuti is a distinguished translator of Italian literature, as well as an internationally known translation theorist and historian. He has lived in Florence and Rome and has lectured extensively throughout Italy. He has received awards from PEN America Center, the NEA and the NEH. He reviews Italian fiction for "The New York Times" and is professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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