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Fountain
     

Fountain

by Tote Hughes
 

Fiction. Winner of the 2014 Miami University Press Novella Prize. When Pinson Charfo wakes one morning to find a strange note at his bedside from a Mr. Ralfo to a Mr. Cormill, neither of whom he knows, it proves to be the first in a series of odd clues designed specifically for him to follow, embroiling him in a complex mystery featuring plagiarized manifestos,

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Fiction. Winner of the 2014 Miami University Press Novella Prize. When Pinson Charfo wakes one morning to find a strange note at his bedside from a Mr. Ralfo to a Mr. Cormill, neither of whom he knows, it proves to be the first in a series of odd clues designed specifically for him to follow, embroiling him in a complex mystery featuring plagiarized manifestos, narcotized cultists, the search for pornographic prints, and a busted fountain whose runoff forms an underground lake beneath the never-named city's unsuspecting feet. Tote Hughes's FOUNTAIN is a metaphysical detective story unlike any other, a comic tour de force set in a labyrinthine world of shifting signs and dreamlike insolubility.

"FOUNTAIN seems not unlike a witty and elegant English translation of some peculiar allegory from another land and another time. It's wonderful, in other words. I deeply admire this antic, atmospheric, and dreamily vivid tale."—Chris Bachelder

"Tote Hughes's FOUNTAIN is one of the strangest books I've come across in years, and I mean that as an extraordinary compliment. Hughes has the bureaucratic weirdness of Kafka, the twisted mystery of Hitchcock, the obsessive introspection of Bernhard, and a wholly original, funny-as-hell voice that makes me sure we'll be seeing lots more of this writer for a long time to come."—Amber Sparks

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Publishers Weekly
03/09/2015
When columnist Pin Charfo finds a mysterious note by his bed, he sets out on an absurdist, episodic quest. But plot—or a clear resolution of mysteries—is not the point of Hughes's surreal novel. Instead, in this first-person narrative told in Charfo's voice, the journey becomes the reward. Charfo takes readers on a trip through dreamlike atmospherics, quirky jokes, odd adventures, and his own philosophical musings. Readers experience the topsy-turvy sense of having landed in media res in a strange world without knowledge of the landmarks. In loosely connected episodes, Charfo searches out "disreputable prints," resists his girlfriend's plan for him to come to a costume party as a wizard, and learns that a man named Bernsey is accusing him of plagiarizing a manifesto. After dodging a "shower of screeching rats" pouring from a mattress that's thrown out of a tenement window, he and his friend Grel get lost in a sailboat in an enormous flooded basement. And as he makes his way through his imaginary city, Charfo learns more about the mysterious manifesto. This is an intelligent, perceptive novel, but it leaves the reader adrift. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881163558
Publisher:
Miami University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2014
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


Tote Hughes lives in Geneva, Switzerland, working at CERN in pursuit of a PhD in high energy physics.

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