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Angelina's Lips (Prose Series)

Giuseppe Conte

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ISBN 10: 155071337X / ISBN 13: 9781550713374
Published by Guernica Editions, 2011
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Title: Angelina's Lips (Prose Series)

Publisher: Guernica Editions

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: First.

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To be Hitchcockian about it, the story deals with the relationship between [Umberto] Umber, a professor of comparative literature, and a Dr. Jamshid Kloster, an experimental physicist whom Umber meets on a Laguna Beach bench as Diane Keaton, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, strolls by. Umber?s other obsession or, perhaps, his deepest regret is that ... he will never be able to know any of ?the characters of future novels.? In Hitchcockian terms, that?s the McGuffin and as Kloster tells Umber, ?If you?re interested in future novels, we must travel to the libraries of the future.? And that?s where the story becomes both Borgesian and Contesque as Umber asks Kloster what he will need for that to happen and Kloster replies: ?We need a library, four mirrors, and a beautiful sunset.? -- Mark Axelrod

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Imagine the contours of an obsession. The distance between Angelina?s lips and the contours of a Laguna Beach sunset is not great. Angelina?s Lips is a story of the main character, Umberto Umber?s, homonymal identity; a story of the search for what is not one?s self. There are many ways to recount such a loss: live through the opportunity of homonymity (the same as anonymity?), or roll to the edges and corners of a continent. Southern California offers just such an opportunity, tucked on the edge of the Pacific (itself a contradiction) and, paradoxically, a terminus of sorts where life finds continuous renewal even if only on celluloid. As Angelina?s Lips unfolds, the character Jamshid Kloster tells the protagonist Umber: ?If you?re interested in future novels, we must travel to the libraries of the future.? The libraries of the future are the memories of the present, memories of travel, visitation, dialogue and observation, all of which accumulate their effect as they are translated beyond our own experiences and languages. The intimacy of a memory travels via its retelling, as Conte has done with his, and as Roberto Buranello has done in his excellent recounting of it in English. -- Pasquale Verdicchio

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