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Forgetfulness: A Novel
by Michael Mejia (Goodreads Author)
The first part of Forgetfulness is a fictional monograph on the life of the Austrian modernist composer Anton von Webern (1883-1945).The collage-work monograph unfolds in a Webernian sequence of events and silences combining quotes from Webern, his friends and associates, and various historical and literary figures with short scenes, monologues, dialogues, newspaper articl ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published April 4th 2005 by Fiction Collective 2
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--oh, brilliant. A novel that did not sacrifice concept while often simultaneously managing a stunning beauty at the level of the line. Mejia's is a rich sense of place, shot through with humor, replete with thoughtfulness, clearly in service to a minimalist aesthetic; melancholy, lovely read.
Thoughtful, experimental and interesting, there is a lot to commend this book, though it just didn't really ever fully mesh with me. While their were moments of humor, kindness, caring, thoughtfulness and progression, it felt, too often, like an intellectualization of an idea that needed more of a human touch. Not that it is overly intellectual, as it is definitely approachable, but that the intellectual aspects felt, at times, simply a little too cold.