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I mentioned McPherson and Company books back in November. Since then, a few of McPherson's lovely books have been sent on to me: Giorgio Manganelli's Centuria: One Hundred Ouroboric Novels looks superb (Tim Feeney, writing in the Review of Contemporary Fiction, called it, "metadestructive, immolating itself (and, by extension, its traditions), but leaving in its place something new and pure and often spellbinding") as does Juan Tovar's Creature of a Day ("[a]t the same time cryptic and pristine, even monastic in its mystical unraveling of the tragic sense of life, the novel presents itself as a labyrinth or a rose, as a beautifully constructed symmetry built upon twists and turns and shade"). But it is Robert Kelly (contributor to the RSB Books of the Year symposium and soon-to-be RSB interviewee) and his work which interests me the most, his Queen of Terrors (which breaks "loose from the constraints of linear thought, employing cubist technique in the construction of experience") is next to the bed and will probably get read this weekend.

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