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A novel. In the tour de force called America, one of the tired, the poor, the huddled masses struggles upward to the penthouse of God, discovering too late he's taken the elevator marked down. Resurrected from the rubble of dreams as a messiah and accidental revolutionary, his cry for freedom echoes like a broken record as they lower him into the ground. Like a hopelessly ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published June 1st 1997)
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knig
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, quirky
A Dalkey, understated even by Dalkey standards. Who is Reyoung? How can there be nothing out there on this man? Complete blackout, true ‘man of mystery’. ‘Unbabbling’ also debuted without fanfare in 1997: unassuming, unpromoted, and frankly unread. A real shame.

The novel is arranged in three ‘silos’ : standalone stories loosely seamed together through the narrative consciousness of Harry, who morphs into new personas whilst preserving the Harry moniker as a signifier of a macabre continuity.

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MJ Nicholls
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Darkly fascinating debut (and only) novel from an odd Russian linguist styling himself with the solo nomenclature. And why not? This novel is divided into three parts, each written a different narrative register. The first part, ‘Unbabbling’, is in the first person and tells of a Vietnam vet’s ascension from hell to, uh, another hell. The style is furious, bile-filled and fun. ‘Hell Squared’ is the shortest section, and the least interesting. A po-faced story of a street criminal writhing in his ...more
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“-- all that you left behind when you signed up. when you dropped out of that world, went out on the plains with the thousands of other eager, nervous, frightened young men to push the arms of civilization farther into the darkness, and suddenly you had everybody together, raw-boned, freckle-faced crackers and big fucking spades and tough little beaners from the east side, who knows, maybe even some crazy howling ragheads from the desert, inscrutable yellow and red skins with slanted and almond and olive eyes. It didn't matter where you came from, everybody was together, you were all crazed, laughing and shouting all this bullshit jive with reefer and booze and crystal methedrine in your veins and Independence Day going off over your head. And then a shell lands right in the middle and suddenly you're sitting in the pile of smashed cherry pie and scattered limbs screaming AAAAHHHHH! AAAAHHHHH! AAAAHHHHH! over and over again because you alone were untouched, because all those other lives and all those other voices that were laughing and shouting around you a second ago stopped, and were gone forever, and you alone kept talking into the void.” 1 likes
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