Compact Maurice Roche

ISBN: 9782907681100

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162 pages


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Compact  by  Maurice Roche

Compact by Maurice Roche
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Maurice Roche has been called the most interesting novelist in France (TriQuarterly), and Compact one of the classics of our modernity (Le Figaro).Certainly, Compact is one of the most compellingly original works of fiction of the postwar period.MoreMaurice Roche has been called the most interesting novelist in France (TriQuarterly), and Compact one of the classics of our modernity (Le Figaro).Certainly, Compact is one of the most compellingly original works of fiction of the postwar period.

Composed—as if a musical score—of six intertwining narratives (each distinguished by its own voice, tense, and typeface), Compact has lost none of its remarkable freshness or groundbreaking innovation since its first appearance in 1966.But along with its striking originality, Compact is also a work rich in off-beat humor and great humanity. Compact is the story of a blind man living in a city of his own imagining.

Confined to his deathbed, he engages in mental walks through the worlds capitals. These sightless excursions explode in a plethora of musical arrangements, sexual encounters, and mysterious funeral rites. Meanwhile, a Japanese collector and his transvestite assistant watch over the blind man in exchange—upon the latters death—for his magnificent tattooed skin. As a further ordeal, the protagonist finds himself prey to the whims of a sadistic French girl in the next apartment.A novelistic tour-de-force, Compact fully bears out La Tribune de Geneves judgment of Maurice Roches work as the most important literary upheaval to hit France in the last decade.Maurice Roche is probably the most interesting novelist in France—interesting and truly gifted.

. . . He is a writers writer creating novels for tomorrow out of a profound awareness of yesterdays art. (David Hayman, TriQuarterly)This compact text reflects Roches impressive virtuosity and soaring imagination in his experimentations with form and style. . .

. An intriguing and demanding yet very interesting novel. (Books Abroad)Maurice Roches Compact . . . is a difficult yet very significant work. . . . Polizzottis remarkably successful translation, which respects all these qualities of the original reproducing, page for page, the layout of the French edition, will do much to make Roches contribution to the novel available to American readers. In a work so full of nonreproducible puns as this . . . Polizzotti has pulled it off well.

(Choice 6-89)One notices in Roches work the characteristics of Mallarmes Un Coup de des ?, the projectivist verse of Charles Olson, the presentational qualities of concrete poetry, and the works of James Joyce all rolled into one strange hybrid. . . . Readers reel through Compact reading a variety of narratives (for lack of a better word) that are visually separated by typography.

Roches words work together in much the same way polyphony might be used in musical composition. . . . This feat of manipulation of texts captures most of the readers attention. (Minnesota Daily 5-16-90)This is gymnastic linguistics being performed vis- -vis broken space that makes the story what it is: energy making beautiful music with itself while simultaneously inviting the reader to make a narrative out of it.

. . . Your way is the only way to read this book. Thats why its so special. The texts interweavings make reading a literal blast because like Glas and Hopscotch, it too opens you up to an alternate structure where everything is permitted. . . . Hes the medium, the media, the channeler, the lust for language lost, live via satellite. (Mark Amerika, American Book Review Sept-Oct 89)



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