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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The "Master" ruminates on the death of an idiot who lived with him for which he may or may not be responsible and on his own death. His ruminations are the "passacaglia" , the barely audible recurring melody of the book .
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Red Dust (first published 1969)
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I decided to give this author another chance, and I was able to both understand and somewhat enjoy this story based on what I learned from "reading" the other one: I had to get used to paragraph-long run-on sentences with no dialogue references and an author who's very goal and delight it seems is to disorient you as far a possible. Regarding this disorientation, I would have found it far less obnoxious and annoying if there were spaces between the paragraphs that are taking place in another tim ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The brave at heart
Pinget says of his novel: “Don’t bother too much about logic: everything in Passacaglia is directed against it.” If that statement doesn’t put you off, read on.

The story centres on the "Master" who sits in his room writing. We learn early on that a dead body has been discovered on a dung heap but it is well through the book before the author reveals who that is and some of how he died. It is a short dense work. Pinget’s writing style is draining; he writes long, convoluted – and not altogether g
This book desperately deserves to be read closer, as I read it over too long of a time span and found myself often distracted--similar to the incomparable Fable, I imagine this will not fully "click" until I encounter it a second time. With that said, this is the first work of Pinget's that I've read to approach a similar intensity, "evil," and overwhelming apocalyptic tone as the aforementioned Fable. As such, I feel like I have much to learn from it.
Passacaglia and Ill Seen Ill Said are sitting one atop the other on my desk. I think the dead old friends would smile. Then drink.
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Robert Pinget (Geneva, July 19, 1919 – Tours, August 25, 1997) was a major avant-garde French writer, born in Switzerland, who wrote several novels and other prose pieces that drew comparison to Beckett and other major Modernist writers. He was also associated with the nouveau roman movement.

In 1962, Germaine Tailleferre of Les Six set eleven of his poems in a song cycle entitled "Pancarte pour Un
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