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Consciousness (with Mutilation)

by Anthony Howell, Mamdouh Adwan

Shorter Reads History

Consciousness (with Mutilation) Synopsis

'Anthony Howell’s new prose book, with a title that would have enthralled Rimbaud, incarnates otherness from within an ultra-inventive mind that creates, coolly and passionately at the same time, a coalition of the alienated or, more mildly, differentiated selves which make up this post-modern personality with its urban Jewish and rural Quaker roots. It took an epileptic fit to trigger Howell’s remarkable exploration of psychic chaos which is contained, not so paradoxically, in a super-formalistic structure, a systems network involving repetition as in a baroque poem, that would be a credit to French formalists such as Jacques Roubaud, Raymond Queneau and Alain Robbe-Grillet. Among many themes there is a harsh critique of Israel, but written as much in sorrow as in anger from within the goodly tent. The author intersperses his own text with his fluent version of a novella by Mamdou Adwan, the tragic story of an old Palestinian who has been dispossessed of all he owns. This counterpoint complicates further the music of Howell’s earthly spheres, but such are his skills that we read the book as a straightforward story, a story whose unrevealed codes work on us subliminally so that we are transported, as if listening to Bach.' — Anthony Rudolf

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780999136539
Publication date: 30th January 2019
Author: Anthony Howell, Mamdouh Adwan
Publisher: Odd Volumes
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 190 pages
Primary Genre Shorter Reads
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ISBN: 9780999136539
Publication date: 30/01/2019
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