299 pp. "Brodsky ( X in Paris ) is among a handful of American novelists -- Kathy Acker, William Burroughs, Gilbert Sorrentino come to mind -- working consistently in an avant-garde vein. In his seventh book he tells the story of a dying father bent on understanding the disaffections of an artist son. The father hires the narrator, a young urban drifter, to shadow his son in hopes of uncovering the source of his filial contempt. What results is less a detective story than a bitter indictment of authority in which the paternal figure is but one ogre in a universe of oppressors. Unaccountably, the narrator is the most totalitarian force in the book, his voice invading all the characters, converting them into foot soldiers in his doomed campaign of the self. Disbelief in the power of language to convey the experience of being is dispiriting fare, and such propositions are contentiously pressed. One wonders how long failure, unrelieved by humor or compassion, can continue as the occasion for Brodsky's art."Keywords: FICTION NOVEL WORLD LITERATURE
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Beware you "meaning mongerers and story mongerers." Brodsky's new novel will make you work harder than ever before to extract your precious essence, but the work will be exquisite toil. Narrator struggles with protagonist to discover this story, and in the process you'll meet the Jamms family, wealthy beyond care and dying of recurrent tumors, who hire the narrator, a chronic thief of office equipment, to lure their prodigal son Jim back to his father's deathbed for one final confrontation. But what about the shadowy Colletti with his drugs and underworld connections? And what about the murders that keep Long Island's soil seeded with bodies? This extraordinary novel by the author of Xman ( LJ 9/15/87) continues Brodsky's evolution as one of the most important writers working today, and demands our attention.
- Paul E. Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.
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Book Description Four Walls Eight Windows 1989, 1989. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Slight shelf wear and small tear on one page but content fine and unread. Bookseller Inventory # A29308
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