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The Revisionist

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Fiction. The title character of THE REVISIONIST conducts covert surveillance on a city whose inhabitants are subject to uncanny transformations as a result of catastrophic weather, political corruption, invasive technologies and environmental degradation. Hired to spin, or "revise," the facts, the revisionist's perceptions in turn become detached and distorted--inevitably ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Calamari Press
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Sofia Samatar
May 05, 2013 Sofia Samatar rated it it was amazing
The Revisionist is a slim book with lots of good white space, almost like a collection of prose poems, but there are characters in it, too: the seeing-eye dog, the runner, the curator, the woman with the broken hearing-aid, and of course the revisionist. The revisionist's job is "to conduct surveillance of the weather and report that everything was fine"--even as nuclear bombs explode and acid rain falls. "Buildings were curdling. The very air had faded, was pixilated." The revisionist is a pers ...more
Mark Baumer
Feb 28, 2011 Mark Baumer rated it it was amazing
On page five of The Revisionist it says, “Buildings were curdling.”
On page seventeen of The Revisionist it says, “It wasn’t just the radiation that made people flee to Start Over Island.” On the same page it also says, “ It was normal to get to know people and then to be scared or hurt, even killed by them.”
On page twenty-two of The Revisionist it says, “One friend’s dog required diapers.”
On page twenty-three of The Revisionist it says, “The day after I ripped my own mother’s clothes off in a
Feb 28, 2009 Eugenie rated it liked it
An excerpt in Harpers led me to this book, and I think that vignette made a more powerful impression than the novella itself. Under the burden of narrative, or at least a longer form, it meanders. But there's plenty of vivid imagery I'm still thinking about: detonations and unravelings, perversions of nature, mundane resentments converted to violence. Derek White's ornate collage illustrations help the pacing, but it was ultimately kind of unsatisfying.
J-kwon Stanley
Sep 30, 2015 J-kwon Stanley rated it it was amazing
This book was required reading for a creative writing class I am currently in. I have to say that I was initially put off by the abstract setting and the nonsensical logic that pervades throughout the story. However, the book really took a hold of me and my imagination. Never before had I read a book where a jogger could cork screw himself into the sand, be dug up and presented as a conch shell, and then exploded and put back together again as a fleshy rag doll.

I think this is the kind of book
May 14, 2010 jenny rated it it was amazing
This has the feeling of moving through faulkner, but it is obviously very different. Incredibly dense images that make it difficult to decide if you should move-on or stay for a while. I'm a little impatient, and I find faulkner's books too overwhelmingly rich to finish, so I chose to move-on more often than not. However, for those who move-on regularly it would be important to re-read as well. This, especially since the images are as dense as the text, so when you are trying to make all the con ...more
Rod Funk
Oct 26, 2007 Rod Funk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those not easily shocked
I read a small excerpt of the small and wonderful book in Harpers and I immediately sought it out. It is published by the small Calimari Press in NY, and I ordered it from their website since I could not find it at my local booksellers. Miranda Mellis creates a post-apocalyptic landscape that is all too relevant to today. The main character is charged by the government to revised history as it is written. The writing is very visual and engaging. The accompanying illustrations perfectly complimen ...more
Jun 21, 2007 chris rated it really liked it
Its some kind of long prose poem. It's like a Dylan song, where nothing quite makes sense but you get the feeling that it means something. Ostensibly, its about someone hired to sit in an abandoned lighthouse to watch the weather changes and the nuclear fallout from some recent explosions and then to falsely report that everything is alright. But then it involves a man being mistaken for a conch shell and later exploding, a seeing eye dog giving a lecture called A Corpse Ate Death , and people ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok
I tend to be drawn to books where the idea is better than the execution. I do like the way that the illustrations in this book complement the text, rather than explicitly illustrate it. There were glimmers and flashes of great language and imagery, but they weren't prolonged for the whole novella. I am intrigued by Calamari Press, and I look forward to exploring some of their other titles.
Sep 22, 2007 Ida rated it it was amazing
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This (Miranda Mellis's first book?) is so well crafted that it is an incredibly dense and amazing thing to behold. Not a word out of place. Not a mundane word standing in for a perfect word ever. So good. you should read it. really.
Kate Schatz
Jan 29, 2008 Kate Schatz rated it it was amazing
Miranda, o miraculous Flower. This book's a wonder; I'm teachin' it in the Spring, gonna blow those kiddies minds. Love it.
Lisa Sutton
Seriously, wtf with this book? I probably would not hate it nearly so much if I didn't have to write a paper (!) on it. This book really makes no sense at all.
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