Requiem

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2001 - Fiction - 332 pages
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Requiem is a darkly comic novel about what it means to be human in a culture obsessed with sex and death. With a structure loosely based on the Mass for the Dead, this novel includes letters-to-the-editor, an e-mail correspondence with a porn queen, scenes from the lives of classical musicians, and retellings of biblical stories. In the process, White charts the rise and fall of the Human from the Bible (pre-human), to the Enlightenment (the invention of the human), to the digital age (post-human). In an America where everyone - including a well-known NPR interviewer - keeps a secret website, and where a modern Prophet can only weep at the stories he hears, Requiem reveals our past, present and future with wit, sadness, and complete honesty.
 

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REQUIEM

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Philosophy and pornography mingle and mangle each other here in another convention-damning "novel" from radical fictionalist White (Memories of My Father Watching TV, 1998, etc.), as rehashes of ... Read full review

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Imagine a cross between David Markson and Milan Kundera, and you have White, author of the acclaimed Memories of My Father Watching TV. His latest is a loopy postmodern "novel" of epic reach and ... Read full review

Contents

To my son a k a The Modern Prophet
5
The Human Condition 1
13
The Life of Chris 1
24
Isolation 1
30
Lacrimosa
32
Contrition 1
40
The Soul in Paraphrase 1
55
Have Taken My Good Papa in Plaster
61
Jezebel Shall Be Like Dung 2
138
Treachery 2
145
The Binary God 2
152
The Book of Sam 1
161
His Life Was So Sad 2
167
Isolation 5
173
Something Understood 3
181
The Life of Chris 3
187

Tcnlatirm W fifi
67
The Soul in Paraphrase 2
76
Something Understood 1
84
The Binary God 1
90
Isolation 4
101
His Life Was So Sad 1
107
The Soul in Paraphrase 3
116
Not One Does What Is Right Not Even One 1
124
Isolation 6
197
The Human Condition 4
269
The Voices
281
The Life of Chris 4
297
Marche Funebre
319
Mahlers Last Symphony
329
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About the author (2001)

Curtis White is an American essayist and author. He serves as professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and as President of the board of directors of the Center for Book Culture.

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