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Natural Novel
Natural Novel
 
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Author : Georgi Gospodinov Zornitsa Hristova(Translator)
Publisher : Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN# : 9781564783769
Pages : 136
Price :INR 863
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Resembling the complex and fragmented way a flys eye works, Natural Novel contains a myriad of storylines, reflections, and digressions, including a history of toilets and the graffiti found there, a meditation on the relationship between bees and language, and an attempt to write a book using only verbs. Incredibly funny at times, this novel is driven by the narrators need to come to terms with his dissolving marriage and his wifes infidelity with their close friend. Gospodinovs first novel is both broad in scope and intensely personal, illustrating the impossibility of presenting life truthfully.

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Gospodinov’s anarchic, experimental début concerns a young writer, the narrator, whose marriage breaks up after his wife becomes pregnant by someone else. But this plot is little more than the framework for a lively assortment of fragments—dreams, lists, projected attempts to write a novel entirely with verbs or a Bible for flies, and a chapter called “Towards a Natural History of the Toilet.” Inevitably, a book that takes such risks occasionally falls on its face; some of Gospodinov’s scatology feels self-conscious, and pop-culture references, presumably intended to seem wised-up and Western, come off as just the reverse. But the hits outnumber the misses, and there is something engaging about the novel’s stubborn refusal to amount to anything. As the narrator announces, “My immodest desire is to mold a novel of beginnings, a novel that keeps starting, promising something, reaching page 17 and then starting again.”

 

 
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