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by Scott Lee Hartstein


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If there is a labyrinth and a sphere, Proust's memory as the minatory, then this book is genius. A flight out of that space and time. Icarus here is returned: precise, violent, and passionate. Alive.

Geoff Waite
German Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University


Scott Hartstein's Adagia is novel in that it is not a novel. Therein lies its novelty. It is a kaleidoscope, whose reflections--in both senses--shimmer about a plot, to be sure, but a plot that plays second fiddle to the author's impressive erudition and his digressions into cultural, literary, religious, philosophical, musical, linguistic by-ways of all kinds and dimensions. These beckon the often challenged reader to follow along, unsure where he is eventually being led by the author--the work's real protagonist--and wondering through what lush landscapes he will be able to return.

Adagia will impress and astound many readers, perplex some, even intimidate--infuriate?-- others. But it will not leave many indifferent.

Norm Shapiro
Professor of Romance Languages & LIteratures,
Wesleyan University

Writer in residence
Adams House
Harvard University


The birth of a book is like the birth of a child-Joyce discovered this analogy when he composed the "Oxen of the Sun" episode of Ulysses. So did Proust as he toiled, spinning the huge amniotic web of his great Oeuvre. In a different key, Adagia makes us retrace similar steps: its tangled tale surveys the long history of the European novel while creating a music that echoes in us deeply and exhilaratingly.

Jean-Michel Rabaté
Vartan Gregorian Chair in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvannia
Co-founder and senior curator of Slought foundation

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ISBN-13: 9781450047265
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 06/03/2010
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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