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The Mandarin: (novel)

The Mandarin: (novel)

by Aaron Kunin
     
 

THE MANDARIN pretends to be an ordinary novel. But it is set in places that no longer exist. The plot develops recursively rather than progressively. It is written almost entirely in dialogue: consciousness tends to be communal rather than personal. At any moment, the characters might stop talking and start doing something. They won't, but the option is always

Overview

THE MANDARIN pretends to be an ordinary novel. But it is set in places that no longer exist. The plot develops recursively rather than progressively. It is written almost entirely in dialogue: consciousness tends to be communal rather than personal. At any moment, the characters might stop talking and start doing something. They won't, but the option is always available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934200094
Publisher:
Fence Magazine, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Pamela Lu
"Aaron Kunin's The Mandarin commandeers your attention like an insomniac surrogate family, tugging at your thoughts, pulling apart your furniture, redecorating your walls while talking pictures that astound with their boundless inventiveness and psychological whimsy. The members of this itinerant household--unconscious Natasha, enterprising Hallamore, merciless Mercy, compulsively novelizing Willy--congregate in nonexistent bagel shops, curry houses, and kitchens where they alternately plague and adore one another while engaging in antic discourses of ideas and one-upmanship, summoning their own private Minneapolis into being even as they revise it, refute it, discredit it, dismantle it, and reconstruct it all over again. In this surreal, recursive world, restaurant menus turn into novels, newspapers inspire flights of philosophical inquiry, dust ruffles converse with T.V. sets, and figures of speech take on lives of their own as they leap from character to character like verbal fleas, infesting the page with astute absurdities and the power of suggestion. If the term 'hypothetical fiction' defies definition, this book might well serve as its dictionary illustration: hovering somewhere between the relentless uncertainty of Robbe-Grillet and a Chekhovian complain, The Mandarin demonstrates that the credibility of a novel is entirely dependent upon the strength of its imagination."

Meet the Author

Aaron Kunin is a poet, critic, and novelist. He is the author of FOLDING RULER STAR (Fence Books, 2005), a collection of small poems about shame. He lives in California, where he is an assistant professor of negative anthropology at Pomona College.

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