by Lynne TillmanTillman’s third novel is written in the voice of a pompous and arch aesthete and writer (modelled perhaps on Gore Vidal—although Gore was wittier and not such a Gertrude Stein fan), hard not-at-work on a detective novel in Crete. Horace’s musings on the cast of monied layabouts and impostors living on the island are sufficient to keep the narrative from sinking into ponderous banality, and ultimately his voice is a pleasant and erudite companion. Tillman’s talent seems to lie in channelling character voices (the wise-and-cracking slum-dweller in No Lease on Life, and the cracked-up narrator of American Genius), and this is another distinctive voice captured. Tillman is a voice I revisited during the #readwomen2014 initiative, alongside forays back into Rikki Ducornet, Deborah Levy, Lydia Davis, Tatyana Tolstaya, Xiaolu Guo, Nicola Barker, Ali Smith, Rosalyn Drexler. I discovered the work of Lydie Salvayre, Gerd Brantenberg, Jang Eun-Jin, Emma Tenant, Pamela Zoline, Christine Montalbetti, Ornela Vorpsi, Alona Kimhi, Ann Quin, and Penelope Shuttle, and helped republish six novels by Christine Brooke-Rose and three by Rosalyn Drexler. Here’s an article from Joanna Walsh on this important movement that will extend one hopes without the need of hashtags into the next year and beyond.
|Title||Cast in Doubt|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|File size||1.5 Mb|
|Book rating||4 (37 votes)