Fantastic to know that through my blog one other person has read this extraordinary book! Watch this space for a fuller response to Decayetude’s commentary…

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I found this novel both exasperating and rewarding. It is the ultimate in self-reflexive, self-aware, postmodernist writing. I do not want to perpetuate that further by writing in a labarynthine, periphrastic style(heaven forfend!), in an attempt at a further layer of self-reflective exegesis, but just to “bulletpoint” some main themes/concerns:

1.TIME: it is contrapuntal(or an attempt thereat) and circular, traipsing(it FEELS like traipsing!) back and forth laboriously, BETWEEN times- in a vain attempt of the narrator, Jacques Revel, to catch up on himself and his year in this alien town, Bleston. This is a comment on the verticality of time(past, present and future contained in the present, particular moment)and, ultimately, the unconquerability and unredemptiveness of time; and also, of course , at the doomed attempt at writing itself to recapture time(the narrator keeps forgetting bits of his-backdated-story!). It is profoundly irritating but wonderful: we are subjects, held prisoner in the book/narrative as Revel…

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  1. #1 by decayetude on July 8, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Thanks for re-blogging, Cath; first time any post appeared on anyone else’s blog!; thanks so much. Steve


  2. #2 by dianajhale on July 9, 2012 - 11:00 am

    I may have to investigate this book too!


    • #3 by decayetude on July 9, 2012 - 1:47 pm

      You might , Diana lol; I notice u are interested in psychogeography; i am particuarly intrigued by what deserted landscapes/buildings say about our INNER selves; my blog Deyaetude explores that. Sebald does it the most exquisitely:)Steve


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