Una raccolta di quindici saggi letterari che toccando gli argomenti più disparati - dal clima come tema letterario ai dipinti di Gerhard Richter e i film di David Lynch alle implicazioni di capolavori riconosciuti come l'Ulisse di Joyce (come si può scrivere dopo?), il Tristram Shandy di Sterne e Il libro di Caino di Alexander Trocchi - offre una mappa della sensibilità e dell'intelligenza critica di Tom McCarthy, uno dei romanzieri più originali del nostro tempo. Alcuni punti di riferimento ricorrono con insistenza onirica, come il libro fotografico Royal Road Test in cui Ed Ruscha documenta se stesso mentre fa cadere una macchina da scrivere Royal da una Buick in corsa, o il proliferare delle meduse negli oceani. E la domanda che ritorna come un filo rosso è: come può l'arte far saltare le convenzioni restrittive del cosiddetto realismo, estetico o politico che sia, per impegnarsi in un'attiva reinvenzione del mondo?
- ISBN: 8845296431
- Casa Editrice: Bompiani
- Pagine: 296
Tom McCarthy is one of my favorite novelists (REMAINDER and SATIN ISLAND are both such engaging, cerebral works), and perhaps I went into the galley of this essay collection a bit too excited. I found it in a used bookstore - which itself is interesting and quite McCarthyish, a used version of a boo Leggi tutto
One of Britain’s leading intellectuals and most European of novelists, Tom McCarthy, rocks up with fifteen scintillating and challenging essays on topics as mouthwatering as Ulysses , Tristram Shandy , the cultural significance of dodgem jockeys, existing in the epicentre of London’s weather, and Davi Leggi tutto
Contains the most insightful essay I've read about Kathy Acker's writing, her radical techniques and subversive effects. Plus excellent pieces on Tristam Shandy, Gerhardt Richter, and Ed Ruscha. Haunted throughout by the ghost of Mallarme.
It was my hope that a book of essays covering writers the likes of Laurence Sterne, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Kathy Acker, as well as McCarthy's thoughts on Patty Hearst, David Lynch, and Sonic Youth would interest me to no end. But I was wrong. Rarely did I felt engaged, and all through the tex Leggi tutto
A superb collection of somewhat 'literary' essays. I never read Tom McCarthy's fiction, but will now do so, due to this excellent book of essays. His essay on Gerhard Richter is profound, and he has an excellent style of writing with respect to the visual arts. The same can go for his piece on David Leggi tutto
much to think about
I really enjoyed the essays about things that I was already interested in, but I struggled with the ones that I didn't know much about already due to McCarthy's tendency to jump in at the deep end and not pause for explanation. That being said, McCarthy writes so well that even when I wasn't engaged Leggi tutto
Smart essays on art, lit, and more.
A thoroughly brilliant, wide-ranging essay collection -- like a long, meandering conversation with an extremely erudite and enthusiastic friend.
A book of essays as ponderous as they are pretentious, I found Tom McCarthy's new collection not only underwhelming, but a collection that spoke down to readers and seemed mostly to serve McCarthy's ego. Harsh? Maybe. But McCarthy is the kind of writer who casually lets you know the contents of his
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