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Everything Passes

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A mysterious web of solitude, love, illness, and loss is seamlessly woven into a captivating historical and personal narrative in this poignant yet concise novel. As three characters move through their increasingly haunting lives, they discover how to piece together their past and recreate connections.
Paperback, 58 pages
Published October 28th 2006 by Carcanet Press Ltd.
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MJ Nicholls
This short prose work is a curious and haunting rumination on loss, the passing of time, the abandonment of family, and people who like to write Rabelais criticism. Making use of strangely effective repetitions, blank space, conspicuous absence of invading overarching narrator, tagless dialogue, the novel is richer upon re-reading (only two for me), and is another fine experiment from a stunning and under-read modernist master with a cool name pubbed by Carcanet, who are sometimes on-the-money.
Blazes Boylan
Easily one of the best books I've ever read, and a virtually unknown masterpiece. Josipovici is a genius, and this work, a miracle of languorous compression--read it and you'll see the oxymoron is no oxymoron--is absolutely unforgettable.
M. Sarki

If I hadn't discovered the writer Ágota Kristof I would never have heard of this man. Gabriel Josipovici wrote an introduction to her short memoir titled The Illiterate and I was so impressed with his comments and his style that I thought he would be a good enough writer to take a chance on reading. It is astonishing to me the number of books Gabriel Josipovici has published, not to mention the many different genres he has been involved with including both
Outstanding. One of the best books I've ever read.
A beautiful example of minimalist writing. He creates father-son relationships and family life in 300 words... The book was set on my creative writing MFA, it's clever and I'm sure I'll examine some of the scenes and use the techniques in my own writing. However, this one is for academic writers only. I read it a week ago and I can't remember any of it. I found it utterly unmemorable, somewhat boring and no fun to read. Let's put it this way, there's a reason 50 Shades of Grey has shifted a lot ...more
A short novel that has generated much response among serious readers, as seen about halfway down the page here,
and rightly so. A short and substantial work.
Apr 28, 2008 Ben rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Somehow not even as good as Alex Garland's The Coma.
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Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to Britain. He read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating with a First in 1961. From 1963 to 1998 he taught at the University of Sussex. He is the author of seventeen novels, three volumes of short stories, eight critical works, and numerous stage and ra ...more
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