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Hebdomeros by Giorgio de Chirico
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Mar 10, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, dream-like
Read from March 07 to 10, 2012

Phew, Krasznahorkai has been reincarnated back in time and re-emerges with the fanfare and drumroll of the indomitable black lava of words belched in projectile as a slow moving morass of non paragraphed sludge. But this works in a hypnotic way, because this experimental piece has no pretensions: it is the quintessential book of nothing, which it delivers with aplomb.

The crown apotheosis of surrealist writing, Hebdomeros has no plot, as everyone knows. The eponymous Hebdomeros walks about, but always ends up back at the same place (a house he has been renting for ten years), and well, ruminates. Sententiously. At times he is accompanied by a faithful entourage of disciples who have no idea what he’s on about, and who vanish like the Cheshire cat at the most incongruous moments. And if there is an undercurrent of the sententious in this parade of metaphysical meanderings, its probably because the overarching tenor of the dream like sequences is to invoke a ‘Christ and his disciple’s biblical meme.

Which is headily Massala-ed with Classical reference against a background of shifting, ephemeral narratorial texture: violent battles, assassinations, revolutions and centaurs (don’t ask) steamroll in the background, whilst Hebdomeros eulogises, forefront, on the morality of eating certain fruits and vegetables.

The overall ambience is replete with melancholy (Hebdomeros ‘s head is an inch above the bourgeois parapet which confines his brethren, so he is alone and misunderstood), and the passing cortege of vignettes are reminiscent of flicking paint on a canvass with a casual, concentrated panache tempered with this dream merchant’s ‘Pictor Optimus’ engraving.
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message 1: by Sean (new)

Sean A. interesting. didn't know de chirico had a novel. his paintings are so great and eerie tho!

message 2: by knig (last edited Mar 10, 2012 06:12AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

knig I bought this book, but subsequently found it on scribd: you can have a look below

And yes, he is an amazing painter.

message 3: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls Is this a feuerwerk or a lesser work?

Nate D ha: "the quintessential book of nothing, which it delivers with aplomb". Did you read the bonus tracks?

message 5: by B0nnie (new)

B0nnie does he do battle with Megatron?

knig @MJ: werks as a slow burn only
@Bonnie: Nope, he fiddles while rome burns
@Nate: Only M Dudron's adventure, which actually HAD a plot (so disappointing)

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