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This novel tells the life story of Stet, a filmmaker from Soviet Leningrad, who (like the real-life Sergei Paradjanov) is sent to a prison camp in the 1960's, and who dies there without having produced much more than a single film. The novel is narrated in an extravagant third-person voice which emulates the sound and attitude of the classic "Russian Novel." Opinionated, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 25th 2006 by Fugue State Press
(first published 2006)
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It is strangely fitting that I finished "Stet" at 6 in the morning after a bout of insomnia caused by workplace anxiety. This is an anxious, experimental novel about the danger of opinions. Opinions held by critics, by artists, by politicians, and by the audience. Stet is a filmmaker in Soviet Russia who unfortunately has a touch of idealism. The kaleidoscopic novel follows his story with many asides of wonderful writing that never sidetrack, but build and enhance the book. Throughout Chapman ...more