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The Passion of Martin Fissel-Brandt by Christian Gailly
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Feb 23, 2012

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Read from December 04 to 05, 2012

I hate to say it, but this one was almost too compressed even for me. I enjoyed the voice, but the narrative moved SO quickly that it was hard to get engaged until the final chapters, like I was skimming even when reading intently. I can't help comparing this to the early novels of Jean Echenoz, who is slightly more expansive in his compression (yes, I realize that sounds silly), and I think for that reason a bit more to my taste. The final section and ending of Martin Fissel-Brandt were terrific. But with such a short book the fact that there were chapters in the middle of the book that felt slight really stands out, because every chapter is such a relatively large part of the whole. On the other hand, this book is worth reading for Brian Evenson's introduction alone, with its consideration of differences between US and French minimalist fiction (ie, Carver v. Gailly).

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