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Anne Carson. David Markson. Ben Marcus. Stanley Crawford. William H. Keith D. Carole Maso. Felipe Alfau. Rikki Ducornet. Steven Millhauser. Tadeusz Konwicki. Harry Mathews. Jack Green. Robert Ashley.
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Home Learning. Locos : A Comedy of Gestures. Description The interconnected stones that form Felipe Alfau's novel LOCOS take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the ARABIAN NIGHTS and feature unforgettable characters in revolt against their young 'author' "For them", he complains, "reality is what fiction is to real people; they simply love it and make for it against ray almost heroic opposition" Alfau's "comedy of gestures" -- a mercurial dreamscape of the eccentric, sometimes criminal, habitues of Toledo's Cafe of the Crazy -- was written in English and first published in , favorably reviewed for The Nation by Mary McCarthy, as she recounts here in her Afterword, then long neglected.
Other books in this series. Eros the Bittersweet Anne Carson. Add to basket. Wittgenstein's Mistress David Markson.
Reader's Block David Markson. Log of the S. S the Mrs Unguentine Stanley Crawford. Take Five Keith D. Ava Carole Maso. Locos Felipe Alfau. The Stain, The Rikki Ducornet. The Barnum Museum Steven Millhauser. The Polish Complex Tadeusz Konwicki. The Jade Cabinet Rikki Ducornet. Fire the Bastards! Perfect Lives Robert Ashley. Twenty Lines a Day Harry Mathews.
Back cover copy The interconnected stories that form this novel take place in a Madrid as exotic as the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights and feature unforgettable characters in revolt against their young "author". First published in and long neglected, this elegantly inventive novel anticipates works like Pale Fire and One Hundred Years of Solitude.
In Locos, Felipe Alfau creates a mercurial dreamscape in which the characters - the eccentric, sometimes criminal, habitues of Toledo's Cafe of the Crazy - wrench free of authorial control, invade one another's stories, and even turn into one another.
Review quote "First published in and unjustly ignored for the next half century, this novel anticipates the magic realism of modern Latin American fiction. Neatly divided into segments that read like short stories, it juggles a congeries of absurdist types such as pimps, beggars, and priests in what can be taken as a metaphor for Spain today. About Felipe Alfau Mary McCarthy was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist, and a social and art critic.
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Locos: A Comedy of Gestures
Locos: A Comedy of Gestures is the first novel of Spanish-born American writer Felipe Alfau — , written in and published in The metafictional novel remained out of print until when it was reprinted by Dalkey Archive Press ; its positive reception then led to the publication of Alfau's second novel Chromos in , which he had written in The book consists of eight independent but interrelated short stories that the author states can be read in any order. In the introduction, Alfau thanks his characters "for their anarchic collaboration"—in the stories the characters and narrator often interact.
Locos : A Comedy of Gestures
The following article was written just before TBR received the announcement of Felipe Alfau's death, which passed relatively unnoticed in Barcelona. Last year I learned that Dalkey Archive Press had published a Spanish writer, born in Barcelona in , whom neither I nor anyone I knew had ever heard of. Who is this Felipe Alfau, I wondered, who seemed to pass unknown in his native city? If the publishing dates look odd, that is because, I've learned, Alfau languished in obscurity for over fifty years, at which point Dalkey Archive sought to set things aright.