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All the errors
Manganelli, Giorgio.
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Tutti gli errori. English
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Kingston, NY : McPherson, 1990.
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Translation of: Tutti gli errori.

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Library Journal Review

This is the first English translation of work by Manganelli, a well-known Italian author and critic, proponent of the neo-avant-garde. He sees literature as language only, an artificial construction and a mental game. His material is fragments of our consciousness and experience; he writes probing analyses of states of mind and relationship in showy, artful language. Only two of the book's seven monologs are understandable: the first, about a soul being born, and the last, a hauntingly beautiful tale about a betrothal. The rest are supercerebral and accessible only to the experts. Recommended for large literature collections in academic libraries.-- Ulla Sweedler, Univ. of Cali fornia-San Diego Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Manganelli, who died in the spring of 1990, is a Viareggio Prize winner and author of 20 books of fiction and critical philosophy. This collection of seven stories, his first work to appear in English translation, offers readers the prickly challenge of precision-worded intellectual fiction. The first selection, "Leave-taking," is a formal farewell speech by a cosmic entity awaiting the dishonorable occasion of his own birth into a loveless world. "Travel Notes" details a pedestrian narrator's relationship with the sights and hypothetical imaginings of the road he must traverse. As he pauses before a house, he knows that the daughter he never had is dead, and that the wife and son he never had blame him for her death. In "Lovers, " an alternating monologue, first by a woman and then by a man, explains what draws them to each other. She is drawn to him by the uselessness of their relationship and by the consoling fact that no other woman would have him; he is drawn to her by the inertia of his life and by the fact that they have become so delicately and abjectly indispensable to each other. A fourth story, "System," is a cosmology of fires, essences, lights, centers, thrones, thunders, and rings, all poised at one pole and opposite a shapeless mass called "Nonfigure," the seat of meaning, repose, and suffering. Manganelli's fiction definitely requires reader participation. For some general readers. J. Shreve Allegany Community College