Coda A Novel (Paperback)
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|*Author: Belletto, Rene/ Waters, Alyson (TRN)/ Levine, Stacey (FRW) *Series Title: French Voices *Publication Date: 2011/03/01 *Number of Pages: 69 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25|
From the Publisher:
It is to me that we owe our immortality, and this is the story that proves it beyond all doubt.” With this sentence René Belletto begins a novel that compresses every genre he has worked inthriller, science fiction, experimental literature, horrorinto one breathless narrative in which what is at stake is nothing less than our own immortality.|
Playing with the expectations of the reader, Belletto constructs a logical puzzle that defies logic, much like the almost-perpetual motion machine” invented by the narrator of this novel and his father. What sets the story in (perpetual) motion is a package of frozen seafood. This lowly mechanism triggers a series of picaresque and otherworldly events, from the storyteller’s meeting with Fate disguised as a beautiful woman, to the kidnapping of his daughter, to his amorous reunion with the younger half-sister of a high school friend, to the elimination of death from the world. It’s a funny business, but Belletto’s playful and falsely transparent language opens the book to such serious matters as explorations of death, immortality, love, and the innocence of children. |
"The book is replete with doublings, references, and lingering remarks reminiscent of Cesar Aira, and is packed with bright ideas and memorable images. Elegant and smart, this novella leaves readers with questions that prove incredibly difficult to untangle." (starred review) 01/03/2011