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Centuria

One Hundred Ouroboric Novels

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Centuria by Giorgio Manganelli
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Italo Calvino once remarked that in Giorgio Manganelli, "Italian literature has a writer who resembles no one else, unmistakable in each of his phrases, an inventor who is irresistible and inexhaustible in his games with language and ideas." Nowhere is this more true than in this Decameron of fictions, each composed on a single folio sheet of typing paper. Yet, what are they? Miniature psychodramas, prose poems, tall tales, sudden illuminations, malevolent sophistries, fabliaux, paranoiac excursions, existential oxymorons, or wondrous, baleful absurdities? Always provocative, insolent, sinister, and quite often funny, these 100 comic novels are populated by decidedly ordinary lovers, martyrs, killers, thieves, maniacs, emperors, bandits, sleepers, architects, hunters, prisoners, writers, hallucinations, ghosts, spheres, dragons, Doppelg ngers, knights, fairies, angels, animal incarnations, and Dreamstuff. Each "novel" construes itself into a kind of M bius strip, in which, as one critic has noted, "time turns in a circle and bites its tail" like the Ouroborous. In any event, Centuria provides 100 uncategorizable reasons to experience and celebrate an immeasurably wonderful writer.
Release date NZ
April 5th, 2005
Contributor
Translated by Henry Martin
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
McPherson & Co Publishers,U.S.
Pages
214
Dimensions
144x222x19
ISBN-13
9780929701721
Product ID
1837853

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