The Author and Me

The Author and Me

Book - 2014
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Eric Chevillard here seeks to clear up a persistent and pernicious literary misunderstanding: the belief that a novel's narrator must necessarily be a mouthpiece for his or her writer's own opinions. Thus, we are introduced to a narrator haunted by a deep loathing for cauliflower gratin (and by a no less passionate fondness for trout almondine), but his monologue has been helpfully and hilariously annotated in order to clarify all the many ways in which this gentleman and Eric Chevillard are nothing alike. Language and logic are pushed to their farthest extremes in one of Chevillard's funniest novels yet.
Publisher: Champaign : Dalkey Archive Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781628970753
1628970758
Branch Call Number: FIC CHEVILLARD, ERIC
Characteristics: 146 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stump, Jordan 1959-

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BklynKalliopiM Feb 12, 2015

A new favorite. Chevillard is a pro here, experimenting with tradition and nailing a kind of oddball humor. The opening pages remind me of "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Poe. Our narrator murders a woman for a serious offense: serving him his least favorite dish, cauliflower gratin. A few recent novels have played with footnotes, but this is the least irritating I've found footnote experimentation. The footnotes and the novel interplay nicely, instead of being distracting or irritating to the flow of the work.

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