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The Death of the Author

Adair, Gilbert (Book - 2008 )
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What, I thought, was to prevent me from truly killing the author? Part murder mystery and all jet-black satire, and based on a real life scandal, this edgy novella tells the story of Léopold Sfax, world-renowned as the creator of "The Theory"--a bizarre literary theory that grew from an intellectual folly to a dominant school of criticism that enslaved college campuses across the country. However, The Theory, which holds that the text of any piece of writing tells us all that we need to know about its author (as if the author himself is "dead") takes on extra perversity when the revered--or is it feared?--Sfax is found to have once written something that seems...well, murderously revealing. In the hands of Gilbert Adair, it's a dexterously wrought and hysterically devilish look at academic cultishness. It's also a taut metaphysical murder mystery that confounds the reader's expectations on almost every page and reserves its most stunning surprise--the ultimate whodunit twist--for the very last page. The Contemporary Art of the Novella series is designed to highlight work by major authors from around the world. In most instances, as with Imre Kertész, it showcases work never before published; in others, books are reprised that should never have gone out of print. It is intended that the series feature many well-known authors and some exciting new discoveries. And as with the original series, The Art of the Novella, each book is a beautifully packaged and inexpensive volume meant to celebrate the form and its practitioners.
Authors: Adair, Gilbert
Title: The death of the author
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Melville House Pub., 2008
Characteristics: 136 p. :,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gilbert Adair
ISBN: 1933633573
9781933633572
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADAIR 2008
Subject Headings: Deconstruction Fiction French United States Fiction College teachers Fiction Authors Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Deconstruction
French
College teachers
Authors
LCCN: 2008010224
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Part murder mystery and all jet-black satire, and based on a real life scandal, this edgy novella tells the story of Léopold Sfax, world-renowned as the creator of "The Theory."


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