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Thursday 19 July 2007

Ann Quin

I should've mentioned this a few days ago: Ellis's To the end of everything: Ann Quin’s 'Tripticks':


One of the very few critics to respond to Quin’s work is the American critic Philip Stevick, in his essay Voices in the Head: Style and Consciousness in the Fiction of Ann Quin in Breaking the Sequence: Women’s Experimental Fiction ... Stevick usefully draws attention to three aspects of Quin’s writing which doubtless account for resistance to her work: the instability of the narrative voice/s, a narrow, ahistorical focus on the inner turbulence of a self in conflict with others, and indifference to storytelling and the manipulated patterns of a plot.

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Thursday 19 July 2007

The post: recent and forthcoming titles

The postie has been a fount of book bountifulness this week, bless him. I think, therefore, it is worth letting you know what is sat here on the mantelpiece waiting to be read over the coming weeks:


In fiction, I'm excited to note that Tom McCarthy's new novel, Men in Space, due out in September, has landed. I'll be interviewing Tom about his latest book around the time of publication. In addition, a couple of good classics have also arrived: Flaubert's Madame Bovary, in the Penguin Red Classics range, with -- don't you know! -- a cover design by Manolo Blahnik (him of the shoes); a new translation of the classic that inspired Roland Barthes' seminal S/Z, Balzac's Sarrasine (from Hesperus); and Hermann Hesse's The Journey to the East (from Peter Owen).


In politics, Murphy and Mustapha's The Philosophy of Antonio Negri: Revolution in Theory - Volume 2 is out now, as is Robert Albritton's Economics Transformed: Discovering the Brilliance of Marx. Patrick Cockburn's The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (Verso) has a new edition coming out in September. In On the Brink (Politico's), Tyler Drumheller a "former CIA chief" exposes "how intelligence was distorted in the build-up to the war in Iraq."


In philosophy, author William Allen has been kind enough to send me his Ellipsis: Of Poetry and the Experience of Language after Heidegger, Hölderlin, and Blanchot which looks great. More on this anon.


In art, three titles from Thames & Hudson are noteworthy: Andréa Lauterwein's Anselm Kiefer / Paul Celan: Myth, Mourning and Memory, Francis Bacon: The Violence of the Real, edited by Armin Zweite and Maria Müller and, as I've already mentioned and am currently thoroughly enjoying, Linda Nochlin's essays on Courbet.

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