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Sunday, April 08, 2007

from Peter Tennant's review of the Doppelganger issue of Sein und Werden at Laura Hird's site:

"The first story, though actually it is more prose poem than fiction, is ‘Destination’ by Carol Novack and opens with a painting of a town standing on an easel, though the reality of the actual town differs from this image, bringing to mind Magritte’s painting ‘The Human Condition’, with its suggestion that the world is essentially unknowable, all we have are interpretations and/or representations. And, as far as I can tell, this theme carries over into Novack’s text, with the protagonist always searching for something that never measures up to his memories/expectations. It is, and almost certainly intended to be, a frustratingly intangible piece, but evocative and beautifully written, the kind of work calculated to reward repeated reading."

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