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  • Title: Naming the Jungle
  • Author: Antoine Volodine
  • ISBN: 9781565842748
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Antoine Volodine has been hailed as one of the most innovative and accomplished writers in France today Compared by critics to Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll, Volodine weaves an unusual novel of political and psychological intrigue in a lush, exotic setting The publication of Naming the Jungle marks his American debut and the first translation of his work into English.PueAntoine Volodine has been hailed as one of the most innovative and accomplished writers in France today Compared by critics to Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll, Volodine weaves an unusual novel of political and psychological intrigue in a lush, exotic setting The publication of Naming the Jungle marks his American debut and the first translation of his work into English.Puesto Libertad could be any Latin American city torn by the strife of civil war In this isolated capital buried in the jungle, the revolutionary secret police have started digging into Fabian Golpiez s past In order to avoid brutal torture and interrogation, he decides to feign madness Led by a local shaman psychiatrist in a bizarre talking cure, Golpiez must use indigenous names to prove both his innocence and his true Tupi Indian identity To name is to conquer He names the monkeys, the plants, and the insects all around him as he names his fear, his paranoia, and his pathologies.A masterful storyteller, Volodine speaks to us about the slow and fatal agony of revolution in a haunting and intense novel, one of the most dazzling pieces of fiction to come out of France since the early novels of Robbe Grillet and Duras.
    Naming the Jungle Antoine Volodine has been hailed as one of the most innovative and accomplished writers in France today Compared by critics to Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll Volodine weaves an unusual novel of politi

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    1. An early effort from the brain behind the bizarre project to single handedly create an entire school of literature and theory called post exoticism Flavored with some Latin tinged magical realism, this terse metaphysical thriller tackles the muddled nature of identity, the fetishism of language and cultural authenticity, and the constant political upheaval of South American countries which leads to the never ending oppression of their peoples Bergman meets Herzog Maybe, but with a lot spiders c [...]

    2. A dark, weird, suffocating book about a post revolutionary society set deep in a jungle, where language and the names of things means everything, and where humans live and die and live again, shape shifting into animals or worse, where memory and truth are warped, and the characters invoke the essence of primeval existence Sound confusing It is But it s also strangely enthralling.

    3. Ah, Volodine Another winner, suffused with the humor, angst, egalitarian commitments, and weirdness of the other books Shifting perspective keeps you on your toes, and he immerses you well in the physical moral swampiness of the setting A notch below We Monks Soldiers and Minor Angels, perhaps, but still well worth exploring Can t wait for Bardo Or Not Bardo Roman to come out.

    4. Jacket copy says Not since Alain Robbe Grillet and Marguerite Duras but I would locate this much closer to Juan Rulfo especially the unbelievable Pedro Paramo and Jose Donoso s equally phantasmagoric and beautiful The Obscene Bird of Night And, if I m not mistaken, this is the missing missing link between those works and some of Brian Evenson s work it was Brian Evenson who brought Volodine to my attention, after all.

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