Fragments of Lichtenberg

Overview

In just over half a century, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) had the time to be all of the following: a hunchback; a mathematician; an electrical theorist; a skirt-chaser; an asthmatic; a hypochondriac; and the author of 8,000 aphorisms. Certain scholars claim, however, that these writings are really the scattered pieces of a Great Novel, and this brilliant and polymorphous fiction by Pierre Senges tracks their attempts to piece that book together. The reader will also discover how a spinal column gets ...

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Overview

In just over half a century, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) had the time to be all of the following: a hunchback; a mathematician; an electrical theorist; a skirt-chaser; an asthmatic; a hypochondriac; and the author of 8,000 aphorisms. Certain scholars claim, however, that these writings are really the scattered pieces of a Great Novel, and this brilliant and polymorphous fiction by Pierre Senges tracks their attempts to piece that book together. The reader will also discover how a spinal column gets twisted, what happened to Snow White's eighth dwarf, how the CIA functions, how to burn down libraries, and how to get a lunar crater named after you.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is no mere literary game: what hides behind all this is a deep observation of the links between one's age and one's culture; a subtle reflection on the construction of canon, schools, and literary cults that structures our idea of great literature and thus closes our mind to a more dynamic, alternative, or revisionist view.... It is also a very moving illustration of close reading as a sort of rewriting that goes beyond the specialist consensus, a political novel that dares not say its name, and one of the funniest books I've read in a long while." --Fran├žois Monti, The Quarterly Conversation

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"A sort of mildly crazed Talmud, nestling in its pages the encyclopedia of the universe, with dozens of pages of marginal notes. A giant, meandering Joycean monster, demanding, poetic, and full of humor, a succession of folds, wrinkles, and furrows, in which figures such as Seneca and Punchinello make their appearance, as well as Euclid's calculations and Lavater's physiognomy, the shadow of Snow White's eighth dwarf, and Goethe on his deathbed." --Telerama

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"Situated halfway between Borges's labyrinthine library and the constraints of Oulipian manipulation, this extremely baroque autodidact, former jazz guitarist... has produced an impressive inter-textual machine, endowed with a tremendous power of invention." --Le Nouvel Observateur

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628970463
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2014
  • Series: French Literature Series
  • Pages: 640

Meet the Author

Born in 1968, Pierre Senges is the author of fifteen works of fiction and essays, and nearly twenty radio plays. He has won numerous literary prizes, including the Prix SACD for New Radio Talent in 2007.

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