A review of Lord, João Gilberto Noll’s abject novel of dissolving identity

João Gilberto Noll’s short novel Lord is an abject and surreal tale of madness. Madness is perhaps not the correct term, although it does point towards Lord’s gothic and abject modes. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that in Lord, Noll gives us a consciousness dissolving and reconstituting itself, a first-person voice shifting from one reality to the next with absurdly… Continue reading A review of Lord, João Gilberto Noll’s abject novel of dissolving identity

João Gilberto Noll’s Lord (Book acquired, 5 Nov. 2018)

João Gilberto Noll’s novel Lord is new in English translation (by Edgar Garbeletto) from Two Lines Press. I really enjoyed the last two I read by Noll, Atlantic Hotel and  Quiet Creature on the Corner, so I’m looking forward to carving out time for Lord. In the meantime, Two Lines’ blurb: As Lord begins, a Brazilian author is arriving at London’s Heathrow airport for reasons he… Continue reading João Gilberto Noll’s Lord (Book acquired, 5 Nov. 2018)

João Gilberto Noll’s Atlantic Hotel (Book acquired, 14 August 2017)

João Gilberto Noll’s novella Atlantic Hotel is new English translation by Adam Morris from Two Lines Press. I loved loved loved the last one I read by Noll, Quiet Creature on the Corner. Full review to come; for now, here’s Two Lines’ blurb: Compared by critics to filmmaker David Lynch—and deeply influenced by Clarice Lispector—João Gilberto Noll… Continue reading João Gilberto Noll’s Atlantic Hotel (Book acquired, 14 August 2017)

A review of João Gilberto Noll’s surreal novella Quiet Creature on the Corner

Brazilian writer João Gilberto Noll’s 1991 novella Quiet Creature on the Corner is new in English translation (by Adam Morris) from Two Lines Press. The book is probably best read without any kind of foregrounding or forewarning. Forewarning (and enthusiastic endorsement): Quiet Creature on the Corner is a nightmarish, abject, kinetic, surreal, picaresque read, a mysterious prose-poem that resists allegorical interpretation. […]

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A review of João Gilberto Noll’s surreal novella Quiet Creature on the Corner

Brazilian writer João Gilberto Noll’s 1991 novella Quiet Creature on the Corner is new in English translation (by Adam Morris) from Two Lines Press. The book is probably best read without any kind of foregrounding or forewarning. Forewarning (and enthusiastic endorsement): Quiet Creature on the Corner is a nightmarish, abject, kinetic, surreal, picaresque read, a mysterious prose-poem that resists allegorical interpretation.… Continue reading A review of João Gilberto Noll’s surreal novella Quiet Creature on the Corner

A quick riff on the first 30 pages of Quiet Creature on the Corner, João Gilberto Noll’s nightmare novella (Book acquired, 5.03.2016)

In today’s mail I found a small package from Two Lines Press containing João Gilberto Noll’s 1991 novella Quiet Creature on the Corner, freshly translated into English from Portuguese by Adam Morris. I started into the Noll. Each sentence made me want to read the next sentence. What is it about? you ask, perhaps. Well. I’m not sure. Let’s… Continue reading A quick riff on the first 30 pages of Quiet Creature on the Corner, João Gilberto Noll’s nightmare novella (Book acquired, 5.03.2016)

Reviews, March 2019 (and an unrelated wombat)

Links to and brief excerpts from reviews I mustered this month (and an unrelated wombat): I reviewed João Gilberto Noll’s short novel Lord, writing, …Lord is an abject and surreal tale of madness. Madness is perhaps not the correct term, although it does point towards Lord’s gothic and abject modes. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that in Lord, Noll gives us… Continue reading Reviews, March 2019 (and an unrelated wombat)

Blog about some recent reading

I finished Angela Carter’s surreal fantasia The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman a week or so ago, in a bit of a fever at its depraved horniness. Hoffman sprints along with an out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire energy. The story is essentially a picaresque adventure—our narrator Desiderio sets out on a mission to assassinate Dr. Hoffman, a not-really-mad scientist… Continue reading Blog about some recent reading

Hilbig’s Old Rendering Plant (Book acquired sometime at the end of June, 2017)

Wolfgang Hilbig’s novella Old Rendering Plant (translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole) is new from Two Lines Press. It looks pretty cool—a blurb from the NYT comparing him to Sebald and that quote on the cover from Krasznahorkai don’t hurt either. Here’s TLP’s blurb: What falsehoods do we believe as children? And what happens when we realize… Continue reading Hilbig’s Old Rendering Plant (Book acquired sometime at the end of June, 2017)

Some books I’ll try to read in 2017 (Presented by The Good Intentions Paving Company)

I’m in the middle of Paul Bowles’s stories right now, and loving the weird sinister menace of it all. I’ll probably take a crack at some of his novels this year too (The Sheltering Sky next? I’ll need to pick them up). Senges’s The Major Refutation is also on deck. Not pictured, because it’s not out yet, is… Continue reading Some books I’ll try to read in 2017 (Presented by The Good Intentions Paving Company)

Three Books (or, My three favorite reading experiences in 2016)

After years of false starts, I finally read Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel The Leopard this August. Then I read it again, immediately. (It’s one of only two novels I can recall rereading right away—the other two were Blood Meridian and Gravity’s Rainbow). The Leopard tells the story of Prince Fabrizio of Sicily, who witnesses the end of his… Continue reading Three Books (or, My three favorite reading experiences in 2016)

A (probably incomplete) list of books I read in 2016

The Telling, Ursula K. Le Guin Four Ways to Forgiveness, Ursula K. Le Guin J R, William Gaddis* The Inheritors, William Golding American Candide, Mahendra Singh Crossing the Sea with Syrians on the Exodus to Europe, William Bauer Collected Stories, William Faulkner A Temple of Texts, William H. Gass Cow Country, Adrian Jones Pearson Ancillary… Continue reading A (probably incomplete) list of books I read in 2016

Reviews, riffs, etc. of June-July, 2016 (and an unrelated pig)

I read a lot of great books over the past few months and failed to write proper reviews for some of them, including two by Stanley Elkin—The Franchiser and The Dick Gibson Show—a double feature of two novellas by W.D. Clarke called White Mythology, and Marketa Lazarova by Vladislav Vančura. But I did riff on other books. One of the best books… Continue reading Reviews, riffs, etc. of June-July, 2016 (and an unrelated pig)