My books of 2012, favorites and others of interest. Satantango, The Galley Slave, William Bronk’s Later Poetry, Carl Barks, and many others.
This 1969 novel from Hungary is about a man who works with “the waste products of a society that maintains order by violence,” and what their suffering comes to mean to him.
A grotesque Slovenian novel of plague and witch trials, set in the 17th century. It chronicles a single man’s psychic dissolution in the face of conflicting chaos and superstition.
Siobhan Phillips’ work of philosophical poetry criticism discusses the structure of time and everyday repetition in four 20th century American poets: Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill.
People often forget Mary Garth in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. She is the third heroine of the book, not as idealistic as Dorothea and not as shallow as Rosamond, but wittier and probably smarter than both. Much of the critical work on Middlemarch barely mentions her.
Just to contrast with Christine Brooke-Rose’s criticism. Language can only begin with the void; no fullness, no certainty can ever speak; something essential is lacking in anyone who expresses himself. Negation is tied to language. […]
Novelist and critic Christine Brooke-Rose passed away recently. Chicago Blog has a good round-up of the many tributes to her. I had earlier reviewed Xorandor critically, but with great respect for what she had tried to […]