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Hell And Back: Reflections On Writers And Writing From Dante To Rushdi

by Tim Parks
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  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publishing date: 06/12/2002
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781559706537
  • ISBN: 1559706538

Synopsis

HELL AND BACK offers a wide range of wonderfully challenging, always provocative reflections on literature and the art of writing. The lead essay on Dante sets the tone for the entire collection: erudite, contemplative, witty, and meticulous, it constantly offers new insights into The Inferno. Mixing biographical background with astute literary detection, Parks writes also of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Henry Green, Salman Rushdie, Jose Saramago, Christina Stead, and a dozen others. ?Writerly Rancourî?which Parks calls ?the fizz of contradiction . . . at the heart of the writing endeavorî?is itself worth the price of admission.

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  • A writer on writers
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    This book contains essays on Dante, Borges, Rushdie, Leopardi, Sebald, Seth, Verga,Buruma, Svevo, Joyce, Saba,Green ,Buzzati, Neugeboren, Sironi, Montale, Bateson and Ugazio, Stead. The opening essay on Dante's ambivalence while turning from the world and at the same time intending to make himself a central poet of mankind is excellent. I took especial interest in the essay on Borges and his analysis of Borges ' engaged' modesty, the profess of self- effacement .This is Parks on Borges non- fiction his essays. " Again and again he takes on a new subject , marshals his reading his faithful friends of old, gives us fresh ways of seeing things, suggests lucid, often conflicting , frequently bizaare ways of understanding the world.It is astonishing. And though the yearnings are ever the same- the desire to annihilate time, to approach a transcendental perception of life, to grasp an ungraspable truth- Borges never stoops to wishful thinking."pp.33-34 This is an excellent work of practical criticism which without ever forming a comprehensive theory provides insights into diverse writing worlds.

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