A History of the Imagination

A History of the Imagination

by Norman Lock
     
 

Norman Lock juxtaposes remote times and places, historical facts and literary fictions, to create an absurdist collage reminiscent of Guy Davenport and Donald Barthelme. In this world it is not impossible to sail from Mombasa to Cinncinati, or to set out from the City of Radiant Objects, where "things are free of the obligation to signify," or to go

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Norman Lock juxtaposes remote times and places, historical facts and literary fictions, to create an absurdist collage reminiscent of Guy Davenport and Donald Barthelme. In this world it is not impossible to sail from Mombasa to Cinncinati, or to set out from the City of Radiant Objects, where "things are free of the obligation to signify," or to go hunting icebergs in a quest to avenge the Titanic at last. Borne aloft by Wilbur Wright, Jules Verne, Ziegfield, and Houdini, we find ourselves lost again in a "seam in the world...between History and Imagination."

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"Lock's weapon is words and he uses them well ... like a nightmare that wakes you up shaking, forcing you to reassess your life." —LA Life

"Lock's genius is how he plays the edge for uneasy laughs." —Outlook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573661157
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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