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Brodsky, Michael

ISBN 10: 0941423026 / ISBN 13: 9780941423021
Published by Four Walls Eight Windows, 1987
Used Condition: Near Fine
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1st Edition/1st Printing softbound. SIGNED and inscribed by author on ffep. Hint of foxing to fore-edge. Light tape residue on front and rear end pages from previous vinyl cover. Also includes a laid-in typed SIGNED letter from author mentioning his work and that he'd be happy to sign 'Xman'. Bookseller Inventory # 009223

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Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows

Publication Date: 1987

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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Not since Samuel Beckett has a writer of Michael Brodskey's caliber made an appearance. Acknowledged as one of the most original and substantial writers America has produced in this century, Michael Brodskey's dark style is in defiant contrast to prevalent trends in contemporary writing. His English is not "proper;" his sentences are not smooth or pretty. Like no other writer of his generation, Brodsky weaves a dense tapestry of words that completely envelopes the reader. In 'Xman" Brodskey has created a unique and timely parable, the story of an anonymous hero who seeks a meaning, and meaning, to his life. As Xman slumps from job interview to job interview, job to job, he gradually comes to realize that there is no place for him in this or any society, and he resolves to destroy what he cannot accept or be accepted by.

From Library Journal:

The city is as cruel for Xman as it was for his literary predecessor Bartleby, but this latter-day anti-hero still seeks the job that will straighten out his life. After numerous fruitless interviews, he finally lands a job that involves fraud: convincing the sick that they are well. But Xman himself lands in the hospital and, from a contact made there, slowly sinks into the world of urban terrorism. As metaphors compound and sentences unwind around the questions of reality and response, Brodsky creates a novel of stunning impact. He uses his "Everyman" to explore and explode the urban world and in doing so explodes the novel form itself, piling up images in a flowing narrative that invades characters to find the story within the story. Contemporary fiction at its most robust; highly recommended. Paul E. Hutchison, English Dept., Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park
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