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The Temple of Iconoclasts

Wilcock, Juan Rodolfo

ISBN 10: 1562791192 / ISBN 13: 9781562791193
Published by Mercury House, 2000
Used Condition: Very Good In Wrappers paperback
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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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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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