- Title: What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going
- Author: Damion Searls
- ISBN: 9781564785473
- Page: 315
- Format: Paperback
Seventeen years after the publication of the first volume of Jacques Roubaud s epic and moving The Great Fire of London, Dalkey Archive Press is proud to publish the first English translation of The Loop, the second novel in Roubaud s Proustian series, which has in its capacity to astonish been compared to the compositions of Messiaen and the buildings of Antonio Gaudi.Seventeen years after the publication of the first volume of Jacques Roubaud s epic and moving The Great Fire of London, Dalkey Archive Press is proud to publish the first English translation of The Loop, the second novel in Roubaud s Proustian series, which has in its capacity to astonish been compared to the compositions of Messiaen and the buildings of Antonio Gaudi Devastated after the death of his young wife, Alix, the author conceives of a project that will allow him not only to continue writing, but continue living writing a book that leads him to confront his terrible loss as well as examine the lonely world in which he now seems, and , to exist that of Memory The Loop finds Roubaud returning to his earliest recollections, as well as considering the nature of memory itself, and the process both merciful and terrible of forgetting Neither memoir nor novel, by turns playful and despairing, The Loop is a masterpiece of contemporary prose.
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A clever collection of intertextual (or is that extratextual?) stories written as "re-writes" of five classics. The stories alone don't perform spectacular prose feats, but conceptually this teensy book wins for innovative charm.
What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going is a collection of five short stories set almost entirely in the city scenes of New York and San Francisco. Each of the stories feature writers who are sometimes trapped into their repetitive worlds, and other times embrace it, an interesting take that many reader-writers may find an accord with. They could, with some imagination, be about the same characters or about entirely unique ones to each tale. The stories are rife with references to classical l [...]
To write this collection must have been a promethean task in and of itself. Really. Searls makes this kind of writing look easy. I'm going to venture to say that it isn't. Devilishly clever, Searls weaves the dilemmas encountered in creative writing into his own creative writing in this collection of modern short stories. "56 Water Street" takes us into the world of a writer and his bohemian friends, and his struggle to lift off with a legitimate story this time around (as past attempts have pro [...]
I felt like this was a good group of stories, but an occasionally confused one-- the first two stories give the impression of a slightly more underground version of Gessen's _Sad Young Literary Men_, working to develop a portrait of artistic types in difficult times-- but the result is that the stories here are a little muddled, because the metafictional techniques don't quite work, and more significantly, the presentation of the world the characters interact in isn't quite sharp or incisive eno [...]
This is an excellent bookickough thin literallyautiful, funny, thought-provoking and brain-stretching. It is actually 5 "cover versions" of short stories, with new and unique life breathed into them. Hard to say more, highly recommended.
Elegant, cosmopolitan, cleverly wrought, and imbued with the spirit of play and joy of creation that makes me admire writers like Nabokov and Calvino. The final story in this collection refreshes your interest in the ones that precede it. I look forward to more fiction from Mr. Searls.
Quite elegant and elevated in tone with some beautiful writing and some real insights, especially regarding the craft of writing and troubled male/female relationships.
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