The Temple of Iconoclasts

The Temple of Iconoclasts

by J. Rodolfo Wilcock


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The Temple of Iconoclasts by J. Rodolfo Wilcock

From an armchair in England, Rosenblum hatches a complicated plot to return the world to the year 1580-reintroducing ruffs, doublets, codpieces, and sundry period diseases. By sheer force of will, Littlefield discovers that he's able to crystallize table salt into the shapes of "chickens and other small animals." Babson founds an international organization with the declared aim of annulling the law of gravity. These are only a few of the dozens of eccentrics, visionaries, and downright crackpots who populate the pages of Juan Rodolfo Wilcock's charming fiction in the form of a biographical dictionary. Temple's brief portraits blend mordant satire and profound imaginative sympathy, taking in the whole dazzling spectrum of human folly-including a handful of colors that only Wilcock's Swiftian eye could possibly have perceived. Called "of the greatest and strangest . . . writers of this century" by none other than Roberto Bolaño.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567925302
Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Series: Verba Mundi
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires in 1919, Juan Rodolfo Wilcock was a member of the circle of innovative writers that included Borges and Bioy Casares. Self-exiled in Rome, he became a leading Italian writer, publishing numerous books of poetry, journalism, fiction, and translation.

Lawrence Venuti is a distinguished translator and historian. His recent translations include I.U. Tarchetti's Gothic romance, Fosca, Antonia Pozzi's Breath: Poems and Letters, and Ernest Farre's Edward Hopper: Poems, which won the Robert Fagles Translation Prize.

Table of Contents

J. Rodolfo Wilcock 1

José Valdés y Prom 13

Jules Flamart 21

Aaron Rosenblum 27

Charles Wentworth Littlefield 33

Aram Kugiungian 35

Theodor Gheorghescu 41

Aurelianus Götze 45

Roger Babson 49

Klaus Nachtknecht 55

Absalon Amet 63

Carlo Olgiati 67

Antoine Amédée Bélouin 79

Armando Aprile 83

Franz Piet Vredjuik 87

Charles Carroll 91

Charles Piazzi-Smyth 93

Alfred Attendu 97

John O. Kinnaman 103

Henrik Lorgion 105

Andre Lebran 109

Hans Hörbiger 113

A. de Paniagua 117

Benedict Lust 121

Henry Bucher 123

Luis Fuentecilla Herrera 127

Morley Martin 133

Yves de Lalande 137

Socrates Scholfield 143

Philip Baumberg 145

Symmes, Teed, Gardner 149

Niklaus Odelius 155

Llorenz Riber 159

Alfred William Lawson 185

Jesus Pica Planas 191

Félicien Raegge 199

Authors Note 203

Translator's Acknowledgments 205

About the Author 207

About the Translator 209

What People are Saying About This

Robert Calasso

Fictitious histories so engaging as to seem true and true histories so amusing as to seem fictitious. - Roberto Calasso, author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

Robert Bolaño

Rodolfo Wilcock is a legendary writer. . . . His greatest work, The Temple of Iconoclasts, is without a doubt one of the funniest, most joyful, irreverent, and most corrosive books of the twentieth century . . . a festive, laugh-out-loud read . . . a writer whom no good reader should miss." - Roberto Bolaño

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