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The Impossibly af Laird Hunt
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The Impossibly (original 2001; udgave 2001)

af Laird Hunt (Forfatter)

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"The first time we met, it was about a stapler, I think." Deadpan delivery and a sly eye for detail characterize the anonymous secret agent in Laird Hunt's tense, funny spy noir.When the nameless narrator botches an assignment for the clandestine organization that employs him, everyone in his life--including his new girlfriend--is revealed to be either true-blue, double operative, or both. With the literary coyness of Paul Auster and the dark absurdity of Kafka, Hunt's debut is a daring, memory-driven narrative that is as fittingly spare as a bare ceiling light--and just as pendulous. On the surface, the narrator is a simple man, fixing his washer and dryer, strolling through city parks, falling in love at an office supply store. But inThe Impossibly, the mundane gives way to outrageous misconduct, and with each unexpected visitor or cryptic note, the tension reaches tantalizing heights. As the narrator frugally doles out clues about his dangerous work in an unnamed European city, the reader inevitably becomes confidante and fellow gumshoe. The narrator's final assignment--to identify his own assassin--dismantles the reader's own analysis of the evidence. Marketing Plans: *National author tour includes: East Coast, West Coast, Minneapolis/St. Paul * Co-op available Laird Hunt is an editor for the Department of Public Information at the United Nations, and is New York correspondent for London'sMouth-to-Mouth Magazine. He has lived in Singapore, London, Paris, The Hague, Tokyo, and throughout the United States. The Impossiblyhas been showcased on theFence literary magazine website. He lives in New York City.… (mere)
Medlem:bpmckenna86
Titel:The Impossibly
Forfattere:Laird Hunt (Forfatter)
Info:Coffee House Press (2001), Edition: 1, 215 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Reads like Kafka as if written by Donald Barthelme: obscure and frustrating, yet breezy and ironic. The review from Publishers Weekly complains that "the absence of plot make[s] this a difficult, frustrating read," but that misses the point - the difficulties of The Impossibly are intentional--and totally worth the effort. This book is intelligent, funny, and beautifully written. ( )
  giovannigf | Sep 21, 2012 |
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A spy wanders through a strange series of interludes, attacks and interrogations as he struggles to decipher the identity of his potential assassin in Hunt's murky, obscure debut novel. It opens promisingly enough, with an unnamed narrator in several vaguely threatening encounters (including a romance with an unnamed woman) while staying in an unnamed city. He is reunited with an old friend named John, who in yet another nod to anonymity, gets involved with a woman named Deau. The four take a brief trip to the country in a series of scenes that make vague references to the spy's assignment and his status with his organization, concluding with a brief fight with John over the delivery of a package. The narrative drifts further from coherence as the book progresses, with the spy encountering a series of beautiful but often malevolent women who involve him in interrogations and continual random attacks while updating him on the "progress" of his assignment. The resolution is equally hazy and hallucinatory, describing the death of the spy's boss in a scene that seems quite disconnected from most of the earlier ones. Hunt's initial concept has promise he captures the tone of Paul Auster's City of Glass in the first few chapters, and he brings a decidedly Kafkaesque feel to the spy's early adventures. At times, his style evokes Beckett and Stein. But the rambling prose and the absence of plot make this a difficult, frustrating read, with Hunt writing the same scene with slight variations but no added illumination, story or character development. The result is an incomprehensible book that buries the talent of an intelligent and potentially intriguing writer. ( )
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"The first time we met, it was about a stapler, I think." Deadpan delivery and a sly eye for detail characterize the anonymous secret agent in Laird Hunt's tense, funny spy noir.When the nameless narrator botches an assignment for the clandestine organization that employs him, everyone in his life--including his new girlfriend--is revealed to be either true-blue, double operative, or both. With the literary coyness of Paul Auster and the dark absurdity of Kafka, Hunt's debut is a daring, memory-driven narrative that is as fittingly spare as a bare ceiling light--and just as pendulous. On the surface, the narrator is a simple man, fixing his washer and dryer, strolling through city parks, falling in love at an office supply store. But inThe Impossibly, the mundane gives way to outrageous misconduct, and with each unexpected visitor or cryptic note, the tension reaches tantalizing heights. As the narrator frugally doles out clues about his dangerous work in an unnamed European city, the reader inevitably becomes confidante and fellow gumshoe. The narrator's final assignment--to identify his own assassin--dismantles the reader's own analysis of the evidence. Marketing Plans: *National author tour includes: East Coast, West Coast, Minneapolis/St. Paul * Co-op available Laird Hunt is an editor for the Department of Public Information at the United Nations, and is New York correspondent for London'sMouth-to-Mouth Magazine. He has lived in Singapore, London, Paris, The Hague, Tokyo, and throughout the United States. The Impossiblyhas been showcased on theFence literary magazine website. He lives in New York City.

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