Was: annales nomadique: a novel of internet
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Was: annales nomadique: a novel of internet

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A post-cyber “Pilgrim’s Progress.

Was is half-poem, half-narrative, a nomadic history whose main character is the fleetingness of information itself. The novel’s title figure, the word was, marks that instant of utterance outside the present; neither past nor future but rather the interstitial space of any telling. Like Ariel in flight, Was takes place before you can say ‘c...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Fiction Collective 2
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MJ Nicholls
A startling notion for a novel—the ebb of flow of information as protagonist, anonymously weaved together in stand-alone paragraphs to form a sort of sense of theme, plot, character, tone and all those other novelly aspects. Joyce’s novel of internet sculpts this idea into something better than a purposeless jumble of cut-and-pasted sentences, connecting (not unlike Markson) his little fragments thru shared languages (over ten languages are used here—did someone evoke a Rose?) and small filterin...more
Of course, Michael Joyce was right ...

And to look to his evolutions is to foresee evolutions in process, and yet to come. Joyce is so attuned, his prose so refined, he is oracular.
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