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Minor Angels Hardcover – 1 September 2004
From Antoine Volodine comes a deeply disturbing and darkly hilarious novel whose full meaning, its author asserts, will be found not in the book’s pages but in the dreams people will have after reading it. In Minor Angels Volodine depicts a postcataclysmic world in which the forces of capitalism have begun to reestablish themselves. Sharply opposed to such a trend, a group of crones confined to a nursing home―all of them apparently immortal―resolves to create an avenging grandson fashioned of lint and rags. Though conjured to crush the rebirth of capitalism, the grandson is instead seduced by its charms―only to fall back into the hands of his creators, where he manages to forestall his punishment by reciting one “narract” a day. It is these narracts, or prose poems, that compose the text of Minor Angels .
Praise for Antoine Volodines Naming the Jungle: "His talent surfaces time and again in luxurious, hypnotic ways Publishers Weekly "Clever and incisive. New York Times Book Review "Alive with color and detail. Kirkus Reviews "His quirky and eccentric narrative achieves quite staggering and electric effects... Dazzling in its epic proportions and imaginative scope. The Nation
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A French writer of Slavic origins, born in 1950, Antoine Volodine has published twelve books, which have proven difficult to categorize since they blend science fiction, Tibetan myth, a ludic approach to writing, and a profound humanistic idealism. Minor Angels was awarded the Prix France Inter in 2000. Jordan Stump is an associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. An award-winning translator of numerous books, including Christian Oster’s My Big Apartment (Nebraska 2002), he is also the author of Naming and Unnaming: On Raymond Queneau (Nebraska 1998).
- Publisher : University of Nebraska Press (1 September 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 166 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0803246722
- ISBN-13 : 978-0803246720
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm
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Post-exoticism!Reviewed in the United States on 14 December 2016
This has been suggested as a good introduction to Volodine's body of work. I wouldn't know; this is the first book of his I've read. It won't be the last. Although I've just begun to understand what Volodine's term for his literary form means ("post-exoticism"--and the Los Angeles Review of Books goes into the meaning of the term exhaustively in their review of his Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven , I hope to come to an deeper understanding of his method as I read more of his work. This book is not an easy read, but the way the author lures you into his fictional house of mirrors makes you forget that it is dense, not breezy.
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