Translated by Zornitza Hristova
Resembling the complex and fragmented way a fly's eye works, Natural Novel contains a myriad of storylines, reflections, and digressions, including a history of toilets and the graffiti found there, a meditation on the relationship between bees and language, and an attempt to write a book using only verbs.
Incredibly funny at times, this novel is driven by the narrator's need to come to terms with his dissolving marriage and his wife's infidelity with their close friend. Gospodinov's first novel is both broad in scope and intensely personal, illustrating the impossibility of presenting life truthfully.
Nb of pages 120 p.
Publication Date 01 February 2005
Nb of pages 120
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
List Price $12.50
We are getting a divorce.
I had a nightmare about what it would be like leaving. All our possessions are packed, cardboard boxes stacked to the ceiling, and yet the room still feels quite spacious. The hallway and the other rooms are filled with relatives — Emma’s and mine. Whispering, rustling, and waiting to see what we’re going to do. Emma and I are standing by the window. All that’s left to do is divide a pile of record albums and we’re done. Suddenly she takes the first LP out of its jacket and hurls it through the window. This one’s mine, she says. The window is closed, yet the LP flies through it as if the glass were made of air. I take the next one out and hurl it too. Somewhere near the garbage cans it hits a filthy pigeon in mid-flight.
Like Fernando Pessoa, Gospodinov has disappeared within his multiple selves (author, narrator, editor, gardener) and has become a detached observer of his own life. The narrative is rich in mini-stories . . . and the composition is multifaceted, like a fly's eye . . . All this informs the postmodern quality of Gospodinov's fiction.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Balkan
Countries : Bulgaria