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Christopher Fletcher

João Gilberto Noll’s <br><i>Quiet Creature on the Corner</i> & <i>Atlantic Hotel</i>

João Gilberto Noll’s
Quiet Creature on the Corner & Atlantic Hotel

Reviewed by Christopher Fletcher

I read João Gilberto Noll’s two novels The Quiet Creature on the Corner and Atlantic Hotel in swift succession on a rainy afternoon, a reading punctuated with the heavy sound of the light rail moving alongside. I finished one and immediately started the other, reading until it was time to move on. For weeks after, I rued that marathon reading session as I tried to disentangle the plots in my mind. Atlantic Hotel featured a narrator nearing middle-age trundling from room to room in search of himself. Quiet Creature featured a young narrator being bundled from place to place as he waits to come into his own. Or was it the other way around?

Renee Gladman's Ravicka Novels

Renee Gladman's Ravicka Novels

Review by Christopher Fletcher

Before you arrive in Ravicka you'll have to read Renee Gladman's novels set there: Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge. Unlike most other works of narrative fiction, in these three novels, the meaning does not reveal itself as one reads. Instead, meaning gathers in eddies along the way, swirling around a central image or idea as the reader floats past . . .

Sergio De La Pava's <br><i>Personae</i>

Sergio De La Pava's
Personae

Review by Christopher Fletcher

Personae  proves that Sergio De La Pava's larger project of pushing the limits of the novel form is hardly finished...