Compass [Hardcover]

Item : Compass [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Enard, Mathias
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 081122662X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780811226622
Publisher Publisher : New Directions
Pages Pages : 464
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100058330

In this magisterial, exquisitely erudite novel, the insomniac meditations of the bedridden and lovelorn musicologist Franz Ritter take the reader on a vast, crisscrossing perambulation through the rich history of the commingling of Orient and Occident in the 19th and early 20th centuries.A fever-dream meditation on East and West and a lost love that binds the two worlds... Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's?nards prose, which tends to pile descriptive clauses ever higher ontop of one another... can be mesmerizing. But its the larger project ofhis writing that bears particular consideration: in his fiction, ?nardis constructing an intricate, history-rich vision of a persistentlymisunderstood part of the world.?nard has written a masterful novel...Mr. ?nard fuses recollection and scholarly digression into a swirling,hypnotic stream-of-consciousness narration. [...] So this sad yetinvigorating novel is both a love letter to a vanishing discipline andan elegy. Franzs mental circumnavigations constitute a celebration ofthe civilizing power of knowledge and 'the beauty of sharing anddiversity.'For all its sandstorm of scholarship, translated with tireless eloquence by Charlotte Mandell,[H]is most far-reaching and accomplished book and one of the finest European novels in recent memory.[A]?brilliant, elusive, outr? love letter to Middle Eastern art and culture.A novelist like ?nard feels particularly necessary right now, though tosay this may actually be to undersell his work. He is not a polemicistbut an artist, one whose novels will always have something to say to us.In a time of fear and loathing, ?nards magnum opus points us toward the reality behind so many myths of the Orient.This astonishing, encyclopedic, and otherwise outr? meditation by ?nard on the cultural intersection of East and West takes the form of an insomniacs obsessive imaginingsdreams, memories, and desireswhich comelÓv

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