Necropsy in E Minor

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Open Books, Mar 1, 2011 - Literary Collections
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Shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, Necropsy in E Minor is the tale of a young college professor who sits down to write what he calls a ‚€œmemoir,‚€ but which really only records the past six months of his life (with numerous digressions), and ends, with the last line, after a richly devastating encounter, at the moment of writing.Who is this person? That is kept a secret, despite the fact that he is writing for no audience other than himself. His name does not appear, but those of others do, necessary to ensure the accuracy of the anagrams and puns that have helped map his universe since he found ‚€œThe Note.‚€ Given his disposal to interpret this anonymous confessional/fantasy story, an endeavor undertaken with the firm belief that it was written for him, by someone he knows, and purposefully left for him to find.Having abandoned the scholarly methodologies and subjects that would actually allow him to attain tenure, our professor on the lam performs all manner of linguistic analyses of the note, drives around the rim of Florida (the pilgrimage method, fittingly circular), desperately uses inkblots, the I Ching, and tarot cards for practical advice, adopts a cat named Sanity, becomes an amateur ornithologist, develops a theory of ‚€œinstantaneous architecture,‚€ endures a shamanic experience, and eggs himself on with the hope that, no matter what happens, his ‚€œmemoir‚€ might one day be found by archaeologists and thereby provide a key to human life at the close of the twentieth century.

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User Review  - skippyofthewired - LibraryThing

You will either hate or squee in delight over this novel's use of numerous postmodern tropes. This type of story telling is either hard to engage with or fits right in with how you think. At first I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Richard.Greenfield - LibraryThing

Many of the reviews for this book focus on the references, and true, it's a very "self-reflexive" narration. The fact the main character is an English professor explains his obsessive referencing to ... Read full review

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