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Three Goat Songs

Brodsky, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0941423468 / ISBN 13: 9780941423465
Published by Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, NY, 1991
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Fine in a fine DJ; Lovely copy. ; Brodsky, Michael; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 166 p. Bookseller Inventory # 37535

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Title: Three Goat Songs

Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover; First Printing

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition

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Three novellas, each about a man who sits on a rocky coast by the seashore, contemplating. "A challenging, at times dazzling book." — Publishers Weekly.

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In a theater of coastal rocks, before an audience of goats, a man tells his story--about the impossibility of telling his story. Like the rocks, which he describes both as faces and as anal, ``hair-clogged fissures,'' storytelling, he says, consists of fronts and rears, beginnings and ends. And language avails him no devices with which to connect these ``into some single statement worthy of a whole being.'' So the man refers to himself in this trilogy of novellas through a ``cento of butt-ends,'' a patchwork of scraps from others' tales. Brodsky craftily revises the ancient Greek term for tragedy--literally ``goat song.'' He writes not of the individual's flouting of order, the theme of tragedy, but of the individual's desire for order in a unified narrative of the self. Brodsky's prose seems to proceed from the very core of his character's thinking, ``from the site of its eruption.'' Its molten flow consumes all types of language--colloquialisms, legalese, and some eminently obscure vocabulary. The result is a vigorous, eccentric style that enables Brodsky ( Xman ) to bring a Swiftian gusto to the novel of ideas and write a challenging, at times dazzling book.

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