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Thursday, March 02, 2006

What remains?

The good news is that Tom McCarthy's excellent novel Remainder has a long, positive review in the new edition of the LRB. The bad news is that only the first paragraph is online.

Daniel Soar mentions Perec's Life: a user's manual, calling it "the most memorable novel of the last fifty years". It's only now I realise both novels have a similar location and that Perec has something in common with the beguiling narrator of Remainder.

Tom McCarthy's latest venture is Greenwich Degree Zero in which he and artist Rod Dickinson 're-imagine' a failed terrorist assault on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 (that, I think, was the inspiration behind Conrad's The Secret Agent).

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