The Queen's Caprice

The Queen's Caprice

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Francea€™s preeminent fiction writer is frequently credited with a kind of literary magic, an ability to craft stories with such precision and detail that readers are caught off guard by the powerful currents of emotion and imagination that lie just beneath the placid surface of his writing. As Gary Indiana put it in Bookforum, a€œEchenoz risks everything in his fiction, gambling on the prodigious blandishments of his voice to lure his readers into a maze of improbabilities and preposterous happenings.a€ The Queena€™s Capricea€”seven new stories presented in English for the first timea€”reveals Echenoz at the height of his talents. The author takes us on a journey across radically different places and landscapes, giving free rein to a a€œterrific sense of humor tinged with existential mischiefq (La€™Express). The title story explores a tiny corner of the French countryside; a€œNelsona€ offers a brilliant miniaturist portrait of the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar; a€œBabylona€ sketches the ancient city of Mesopotamia, based on trace descriptions from Herodotus; and other stories visit the forests of England, the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Tampa Bay, and the interior of a submarine. Amid the thrill and allure of this voyage of words, a€œagain and again we pause to savor the richness of Echenoza€™s startling, crystalline observationsa€ (Lydia Davis).... she must now be in, she stops swimming to look around for a peak marked on the diagram, a kind of column supposedly right next to the hill: this is her objective, and it takes her a few minutes to find it. It is, in fact, a sort of thick obelisk of ananbsp;...

Title:The Queen's Caprice
Author: Jean Echenoz
Publisher:New Press, The - 2015-04-07

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