Collage: A Novel

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Fiction. Gay/Lesbian Studies. "Living up to its title, COLLAGE blends the power of poetic expression with the classic elements of prose to create a unique assemblage of time, place, and experience. Wojtasik's innovative and daring style truly captures the complex narrative of the mind as we follow Zee piecing together past experience, present conflicts, and future hopes to create and define himself. Part poem, part novel, part history, part lyric, and all great-COLLAGE adds up to a wonderfully balanced whole and...
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Fiction. Gay/Lesbian Studies. "Living up to its title, COLLAGE blends the power of poetic expression with the classic elements of prose to create a unique assemblage of time, place, and experience. Wojtasik's innovative and daring style truly captures the complex narrative of the mind as we follow Zee piecing together past experience, present conflicts, and future hopes to create and define himself. Part poem, part novel, part history, part lyric, and all great-COLLAGE adds up to a wonderfully balanced whole and a compelling composition"--Richard Blanco. In Ted Wojtasik's complex novel of gay love, the problem isn't one of coming out of the closet-but one of maturing into responsible love. Wojtasik superbly mixes the unlikely ingredients of Central European history, Admiral Peary's North Pole expedition, the artistry of collage and the national onset of AIDS into just such a life lesson for his young protagonist.
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True to its title, Wojtasik's second novel is an assemblage of narratives told by Zeljko Matejcic, or "Zee" for short. Zee, a Yugoslav-American living in Washington, D.C., is himself an assemblage of things-an archivist for the National Archives; a young gay man negotiating romance and sex in the early to mid-1980s, just as AIDS rears its head; and, eventually, a successful artist who creates collages. He tells his story as he would assemble one of his collages-arranging scraps of narratives on a canvas to tell a disjointed but coherent story. Wojtasik's technique, if a bit studied and self-conscious, still manages to be effective, because Zee himself can only make sense of his world by piecing things together in a patchwork way. As Zee works at the archives, cataloguing the journals and letters from Robert Edwin Peary's 1909 voyage to the North Pole, he falls in love with a hustler named Mark. He also reflects on his grandfather's past-including the older man's troubling role in turbulent Yugoslav politics. When the world and its pressures get to be too much for him, Zee loses himself in his collages. Though the narrative doesn't quite gel in the end and some of the writing flirts with clich , Wojtasik has crafted a compelling experiment that manages to pack some emotional punches. "What do you say to a young man dying?" Zee asks throughout the novel. His assorted memories and reflections are a noble attempt at an answer. (May 30) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781931982344
  • Publisher: Livingston Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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