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Poundemonium by Julian Rios
Book DescriptionJust as Ezra Pound wrote an "Homage to Sextus Propertius" to pay tribute to an important influence, Juli n R os offers in his novel an "Homage to Ezra Pound" (as the original Spanish edition is subtitled). On November 1, 1972, news of Pound's death in Venice reaches three Spanish bohemians in London, passionate admirers of "il miglior fabbro" ("the better craftsman," as Eliot called him), who decide to honor Pound's memory by visiting various sites in London associated with him. Filled with allusions to Pound's life and works and written in a style similar to Finnegans Wake, R os's word-mad novel features the same characters from his first novel Larva: the poet Milalias, his girlfriend Babelle, and their mentor X. Reis, each of whom writes part of the novel: Milalias writes the Joycean main text, Reis (as Herr Narrator) adds commentary on facing pages, and Babelle furnishes maps and photos. Together, they compile the "Parting Shots" at the end, dazzling short stories that expand upon incidents in the main text. Sound confusing? No more so than The Cantos, and R os is much funnier.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781564781383
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Julian Rios
Procession of Shadows, Paperback (July 2011)
Originally published in Spanish as Cortejo de sombras in 2007.
House of Ulysses, Paperback (November 2010)View all books by Julian Rios
A riotous tribute to James Joyce and a surprising tour of the house of fiction.
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Author Biography - Julian Rios
Juli n R os (born Vigo, Galicia, 1941) is a Spanish writer, most frequently classified as a postmodernist, whom Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes has called "the most inventive and creative" of Spanish-language writers. His first two books were written deux with Octavio Paz. His best known work, experimental and heavily influenced by the verbal inventiveness of James Joyce, was published in 1983 under the title Larva. Juli n R os currently lives and works in France, on the outskirts of Paris
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