The Unmentionable Mann

The Unmentionable Mann

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ISBN-13: 9780985319779
Publisher: Cairn Press LLC
Publication date: 07/24/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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The Unmentionable Mann 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
A_DiMieri More than 1 year ago
Told through the lens of an incestual, eugenicist dynasty and its heir-to-be, the “Unmentionable Mann” challenges us to face the shadowy underbelly of our civilization through the microcosm of what is by all means one of history’s most dysfunctional ruling families. No doubt drawing much influence on its disturbing visual imagery from the likes of cinematic masters Paolo Pasolini or Lars Von Trier, the winding plot draws Brian Alessandro’s characters through a psychosexual odyssey through would-be love-dens and underground pedophilic nightclubs – colored with a consciousness of cultural imperialism rarely addressed in the media of our day. Indeed, Alessandro’s ferociously detailed narrative takes a deep dive into matters of race, sex, class and gender, in a what amounts to an often decadent, darkly satirical take on the ruling class of our day - those who continue to reap the rewards of the brutal white colonialist period, the challenges of its liberal multiculturalist hangover, and the aftermath of the sexual revolution – all of the above seemingly colliding in moments as vulnerable as a botched one-night-stand. Certainly Alessandro’s take on sexuality of all shades seems to illuminate the darkest of man’s fetishes and fantasies, shining a light on those things we all tend to prefer in the shadows. Would highly recommend this novel to anyone open to exploring a bit of the darkness we all share in – though be prepared to be face all things unmentionable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a riveting read! I could not put this book down. All at once, a convergence of the Marquis de Sade, Stanley Kubrick, D.H. Lawrence, Foucault, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury, sealed with the distinctive mark that is only Brian Alessandro. The Unmentionable Mann reminds us of the dangers inherent in Xenophobia, contamination anxiety, narcissism and absence of self-reflective capacity. Dissociation, projection, eugenics and the desire to create a Utopian society all conspire, ultimately leading to a dystopia and the downfall of a seemingly unmarred, upper-crust family. -Alexis Cohen, Ph.D.
Violet Thomas More than 1 year ago
The Unmentionable Mann is literary art immersed with transcending sensations of lucid and crepuscular conceptions, provoking to the point of consuming the reader with a longing for more...
Annn More than 1 year ago
The Unmentionable Mann takes you on an emotional journey in which you will witness the power of fear and pressures within a family. You will get lost in the lives of the characters as you work your way through struggles regarding class, privilege, homophobia, racism, pain and desperation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though our circumstances were quite different, I can relate to the main character of Zachary in painful ways that make this book sometimes a struggle to read. There are pressures, within society as a whole as well as on a more intimate family level, on each of us to conform to a status quo in someone else's best self-interest, and this book shows a horrific example of just that. All too often, those self-interests are about status and privilege. All that in mind, this book’s unique sense of imagery in prose is hard to resist from page to page, and I continue to read it as it has my interest and probably something to teach. Or maybe it’s just like a horror story I can’t look away from. Brian Alessandro was able, with his debut novel, “The Unmentionable Mann,” to show a unique picture of humanity’s inability or unwillingness to accept one another’s differences and sometimes obsessive and hurtful drive to make each other conform. It is a tale of desperation, fear of loss within a privileged family and a brilliant reflection of the horrible things such fears can drive people to do in the name of that privilege. Cheers to Zachary and the strength of self in spite of it all.
RachelWB More than 1 year ago
Brian Alessandro’s presentation of a deep, dark, and provocative subject matter is laced with prose, succulent attention to detail and staggering intellect. Alessandro beautifully weaves the reader through the complex and incestuous web of the Mann Schiller family with elegance and flair. Alessandro’s characters are compelling and captivating, delving into unprecedented emotional caverns; articulated with such precision that they leave one pondering the gravity of such emotions for some time. The carnal depravity of the Mann-Schillers is reminiscent of immersing ones self into an Eric Fischl painting; wickedly disturbing yet succulent and satisfying. “The Unmentionable Mann” leaves you wanting more from the author, a stunning debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really excellent ready full of shrewdly observed detail. I enjoy reading books about nicely defined characters(Zachary and Anand are a really interesting set of characters) and fun cul de sacs. If that's what you like then this is a great book for you. It's so well paced and nicely put together it leaves you wanting to read more from this writer and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more.
zbramble More than 1 year ago
"The Unmentionable Mann" - an exciting unveiling, coupled with a twist in plot, later taking a sharp turn of events that are far from ordinary. The story captures the reader's attention and perplexes the minds eye with great easy, yet maintains an uncanny elegance mingled with pleasure, deceit, history, and velvety-chocolate, coffee-flavored dissonances. Alessandro challenges current, controversial, societal ambiguities and expectations, which blossom into clarity. These issues leave the reader feeling satisfied in a unique and progressive way, while also capturing the nuance of older eras. This book is a read that should not be overlooked. One can rest assured that their story-bone will be uniquely tickled, and left completely satisfied.
GrosvenorBard More than 1 year ago
Rarely does a contemporary author have the pageantry of prose and the savagery of plot that Alessandro so deftly exhibits in his debut novel. The Unmentionable Mann, disturbingly intellectual and emotional, explores the pinnacle of society's unhinged devotion to and downright narcissism of control for the preservation of their privilege. The novel will have you falling into an S&M relationship with your own beliefs about positive eugenics, the convention of class, and the power of blood over bond. As a Game of Thrones fan, the Mann-Schiller family is Targaryen in lineage, Lannister in wealth, Loras Tyrell in its heir, and would probably have kept the feared fairy tale villains beyond the wall as pets. The characters of The Unmentionable Mann seem so removed in synopsis, aristocratic WASPs with an age-old problem of succession, but Alessandro beautifully paints the Manns and Schillers with such naturalism that the reader can almost drown insidiously while bathing in the ecstasy of their blue blood. The Unmentionable Mann is recommended as an instant classic, although it is more likely to have the honorific of "banned book" in the tradition of Nabokov's Lolita.