Btb-front
Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press
Litsphere

THE LITERARY SPHERE: TAKING CRITICISM ONLINE

Tiol

THE IDEA OF LITERATURE

My Post (5)

LITERARY AESTHETICS

Lituni

LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY

LR

LET'S REVIEW: BOOK REVIEWING AS LITERARY CRITICISM

« Time's Arrow | Main | Forget Fiction »

07/20/2010

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Frances Madeson

Very interesting post. I read the book with your sensitivity to setting in mind and am now contemplating if Gospodinov doesn't somehow equate maneuvering inside this Americanized milieu as a shortcut conduit to what he calls late in the book The Zen Zone—an imaginative zone in his protagonist's fantasy which, as the fantasy builds up steam, comes to enfold Bulgaria. “The cherry, the cherry will be the tree of the Bulgarian Buddha.”

Hristova even uses the word setting in the first paragraph of Chapter 37, which may have helped to focus me on this section as a fruitful source for extending the thinking about “almost anywhere.”

“I suppose Man was made oblivious of his own beginnings. We cannot recollect our birth. Memory does not function yet, that center in our brain isn't ready. The beginning is shapeless and obscure. The sums of several accidents setting in motion a series of inevitable events. And still the door to the beginning is never fully closed. There is always a crack—small enough to stop us entering and big enough to ooze soft, rosy, seductive light.”

JMT

Excellent points here. Other works, such as Iain Sinclair's Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report, make a virtue of their localism, an entirely different strategy. No U.S. publisher has printed it so far...

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

AODPurdy

THE ART OF DISTURBANCE: THE NOVELS OF JAMES PURDY

On Contemporary Fiction

EFN2

EXPERIMENTAL FICTION NOW

Iww

INNOVATIVE WOMEN WRITERS

Realisms
My Post (6)

MANY WINDOWS: ON EXPERIMENTAL FICTION

A WIDER ANGLE: AMERICAN FICTION AT THE PERIPHERY

Angle

Postmodernists 1.0

APF (2)

AMERICAN POSTMODERN FICTION

BSS

BETWEEN SILLINESS AND SATIRE:BLACK HUMOR FICTION