Impressions of Africa
The long-awaited new translation of the most dazzling and unclassifiable work of fiction in any language.
In a mythical African land, some shipwrecked and uniquely talented passengers stage a grand gala to entertain themselves and their captor, the great chieftain Talou. In performance after bizarre performance—starring, among others, a zither-playing worm, a marksman who c...more
Reading this book soothes me in a very weird way.
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Now here's a book that should have distinct entries here on GR for its two current translations into English - Ian Monk's and Mark Ford's.
Why the more recent Mark Ford version sports blurbs to the effect that his translation is the first is beyond me, though I'm beginnning to suspect some minor conspiracy initiated by distributors of foreign books and their campaign to limit the availability, and perhaps even deny the existence, o ...more
First, I think it must mean that you have already read 'How I Wrote Certain of My Books,' 'Locus Solus,' and 'Impressions of Africa': that is, you are thoroughly immersed, hypnotized, pithed by Roussel's absolutely unimpeachable, unapproachable weirdness. Then, I think it should mean you have read something about Roussel: Foucault's very literary book, or possibly Mark Ford's very sober appreciation.
But then what can it possibly mean to read a book...more
So what we have is a poetry book that is also probably the most clever "literary" puzzle ever. The translator Mark Ford, who is also the Englis ...more
A poem comprised of four long sentences, each extended, broken apart and complicated by a series of parenthetical statements, which have, in turn their own parentheses, and parentheses within parentheses within parentheses, etc. ((((((for example, 6th level parentheses are designated as such)))))) the sentences are also interrupted by various footnotes (all rhymed, reminding us of their unusual place as both part of the poem and also outside the poem-- sometimes the footn ...more
The story doesn't really begin until the tenth chapter, where it is explained why the gala with all it's performances and trappings occurred. After the pr ...more
It is also the works of a mind fascinated by the science and techniques of his times but at the same time of a vivid and unbridled imagination. The result has all the charm of a ...more
Spent quite a while scratching my head, not a big fan of surrealism it seems.