|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:50 am: |
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:51 am: |
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:52 am: |
More praise! Blogstyle.
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:53 am: |
In a foreign language!
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:56 am: |
More blog applause
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:57 am: |
A review on Modern Word!
Woo-hoo! They like it, mostly.
(This is the first time since my death that I have used the word "woo-hoo".)
|Posted on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 11:59 am: |
And from Booklist--a rave!
One deliciously peculiar book deserves another. Like its namesake, Jorge Luis Borges' Historia universal de la infamia (1935), Hughes' homage consists of seven elaborated biographies, one short story, and eight fragments, all fakes, from other writers' works. So intent is Hughes on aping Borges that he even includes two prefaces corresponding to those in the edition of Historia he owns. He deviates from schematic imitation only by including, in a pendant he urges Borges adulators to ignore, three stories that parody, respectively, Borges, British sf author John Sladek, and this book's reader parodying Hughes. OK, Hughes' statement of the last story's intent is tongue-in-cheek; nevertheless, it typifies the Borgesian wit, ever delighted to boggle the mind, that suffuses the book, rousing the same complex of amusement, horror, and awe that Historia evokes. Just as the biographies pique curiosity to know what in them is historically real, the stories play with the consistency of their own narrative realities, and the fragments concern changes in the states of aspects of reality. Everything here dazzles. Ray Olson