By Louis Armand
IS THIS the final word “PRAGUE NOVEL”?
The “European anti-novel” in all its unrepentant glory is the following within the mixtures, following within the culture of Sterne, Rabelais, Cervantes, Joyce, Perec.
“Armand has written a major and corrosive novel, that is a dedication to creativity within the face of absurdity, a politics of avant garde literary focus and event that is aware, as Camus had it, that: ‘The blameless is the individual that explains nothing.'” —Richard Marshall, 3AM magazine
Shortlisted for the 2016 no longer the Booker prize.
“Louis Armand’s The combos is a ‘great novel’ — lengthy and complicated. It exemplifies remarkably the probabilities of the style and contradicts the modern obsession with its decline and commodification." --Jean Bessiere, Sorbonne-Paris III
In eight octaves, sixty four chapters and on 888 pages, Louis Armand’s The mixtures is a “work of tried fiction” that mixes the wonder & highbrow exertion that's chess with the landscape of futility & chaos that's Prague (a.k.a. “Golem City”), around the 20th-century and before/after. Golem urban, the send of fools boarded by way of the famed D’s (e.g. John) and K’s (e.g. Edward) of the 16th/17th centuries (who tried and didn't flip lead into gold), and the notorious H’s (e.g. Adolf, e.g. Reinhard) of the 20 th (who tried and succeeded in turning flesh into soap). Armand’s prose weaves jointly the City’s thousand-and-one attention-grabbing stories with a deeply own account of 1 misplaced soul set adrift amid the early-90s’ awakening from the nightmare that was once the former half-century of communist Mitteleuropa. The mixtures is a textual content whose 1) erudition dazzles, 2) constitution humbles, three) monotony by no means bores, four) humour disarms, five) relentlessness overwhelms, 6) storytelling captivates, 7) poignancy continues to be poignant, and eight) type easily by no means exhausts itself. Your stream, Reader.
“Kafka’s The Trial meets Robert Musil’s the guy with out Qualities.”
Louis Armand is a author and visible artist who has lived in Prague because 1994. He has labored as an editor and writer, and as a subtitles technician on the Karlovy range movie competition, and is an editor of VLAK journal. he's the writer of 8 novels, together with Breakfast in the dead of night in 2012, “a ideal sleek noir, providing Kafka’s Prague as a bleak, monochrome singularity of darkness, depression and edgy, dry existentialist hardboil” (Richard Marshall, 3:AM) and Cairo (2014; brief indexed for the parent newspaper’s Not-the-Booker Prize)). defined as “Robert Pinget does Canetti (in drag in Yugoslavia),” Armand’s 3rd novel Clair Obscur used to be released through Equus in 2011. His past novel, Menudo (Antigen), used to be hailed as “unrelenting, a flying wedge, an encyclopaedia of the desolate tract, an uzi attack pumping desolation lead… inspiring!” (Thor Garcia, writer of the scoop Clown).
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