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Titre : Genoa, A Telling of Wonder
Éditeur : Jonathan Williams Publisher
Date d'édition : 1965
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Near Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine
Edition : 1st Edition
Highlands, North Carolina: The Nantahala Foundation, Jonathan Williams Publisher, 1965. 1st ed. Jargon Book 43. Written by the great grandson of Herman Melville. Parallels Columbus and Melville in a text to be viewed, according to the author, like a mosaic and abstract painting. Small 4to. 190 pp. Near Fine Hardcover w/ NF dj (clear acetate cover provided). N° de réf. du libraire 328
"[Genoa] invites us to pass our minds down a new but ancient track, to become, ourselves, both fact and fiction, and to discover something true about the geography of time."?William Gass, The New York Times
"Genoa is a spectacular confrontation with Melville's work, the journals of Columbus and molecular biology?all folded into a hallucinatory narrative about two brothers and their different paths through the American century."?Publishers Weekly
"Much like his great-grandfather, Herman Melville, Paul Metcalf brings an extraordinary diversity of materials into the complex patterns of analogy and metaphor, to affect a common term altogether brilliant in its imagination."?Robert Creeley
"A unique work of historical and literary imagination, eloquent and powerful. I know of nothing like it."?Howard Zinn
First published in 1965, Genoa is Paul Metcalf's purging of the burden of his relationship to his great-grandfather Herman Melville. In his signature polyphonic style, a storm-tossed Indiana attic becomes the site of a reckoning with the life of Melville; with Columbus, and his myth; and between two brothers?one, an MD who refuses to practice; the other, an executed murderer. Genoa is a triumph, a novel without peer, that vibrates and sings a quintessentially American song.
Paul Metcalf (1917?99) was an American writer and the great-grandson of Herman Melville. His three volume Collected Works were published by Coffee House Press in 1996.
Synopsis: First published in 1965, this remarkable novel is Paul Metcalf's purging of the burden of his relationship to Herman Melville (his great-grandfather), but it is much broader than that. In the extraordinary style of writing that is now Metcalf's signature, he collages multiple stories. Metcalf explores incidents in the life of Herman Melville, the influence of Columbus on Melville and Melville's use and conversion of the Columbus myth, the influence of Melville on his own life, and the story of Carl and Michael Mills, whose semi-fictional story provides the central structure of the book. The narrator is Michael Mills, a club-footed unfortunate, who holds an M.D. degree but who refuses to practice. It is to search out the reason for this refusal, and to come to terms with the memory of his monstrous older brother, Carl (whose life was terminated by the state before the novel opens), that Michael retreats to his attic, his books, his studies -- Columbus, Melville and others.
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