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One Break, a Thousand Blows!

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Maxi Kim's first novel was chosen by Book Works' new Semina series
because of its refusal to recognize the differences between fiction and
non-fiction, high-brow and low-brow, and art and life. One Break,
A Thousand Blows! appears to be a novel about Japan, but the
protagonist is a metaphor, aiming to negate Japan by writing falsely
about it, and using it as a screen for the au
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Published (first published June 12th 2008)
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Samantha
Jul 17, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I started this book in the middle, read to the end, and then started at the beginning. I don't know how I knew this would be okay, but it was. Like, the book is in order, but it's a circle and you can start anywhere.

Some things on my mind after finishing this book: doubles, narcissism, post-postmodernism, love, aspiration, identity, Christine Wertheim, surrealism, naming, fantasy, academia, fame, gender, consciousness.

I feel like I could approach this book with entirely different concepts or que
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Jun 22, 2016 Marc Nash rated it liked it
There are many authors, artists and thinkers named in this short book. Which means it merges fiction with non-fiction and academic criticism. I think the book is a meditation (a fairly ugly one) on the possibilities of emancipation through art. But that emancipation can be a lifting of the soul or its negation and annihilation. And that's about it really. A few decent bits of imaginative writing, but also a lot of lists.
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