Poundemonium

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Dalkey Archive Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Fiction - 147 pages
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Just as Ezra Pound wrote an "Homage to Sextus Propertius" to pay tribute to an important influence, Julián Ríos offers in his novel an "Homage to Ezra Pound" (as the original Spanish edition is subtitled). On November 1, 1972, news of Pound's death in Venice reaches three Spanish bohemians in London, passionate admirers of "il miglior fabbro" ("the better craftsman," as Eliot called him), who decide to honor Pound's memory by visiting various sites in London associated with him.

Filled with allusions to Pound's life and works and written in a style similar to Finnegans Wake, Ríos's word-mad novel features the same characters from his first novel Larva: the poet Milalias, his girlfriend Babelle, and their mentor X. Reis, each of whom writes part of the novel: Milalias writes the Joycean main text, Reis (as Herr Narrator) adds commentary on facing pages, and Babelle furnishes maps and photos. Together, they compile the "Parting Shots" at the end, dazzling short stories that expand upon incidents in the main text. Sound confusing? No more so than The Cantos, and Ríos is much funnier.

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Poundemonium, the second volume in Rios's projected five-novel cycle (following Larva, LJ 2/1/91), was originally published in Spain as Poundemonium: Homenaje a Ezra Pound as a testament to one of the ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Julián Ríos (born Vigo, Galicia, 1941) is a Spanish writer, most frequently classified as a postmodernist, whom Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes has called "the most inventive and creative" of Spanish-language writers. His first two books were written à deux with Octavio Paz.

His best known work, experimental and heavily influenced by the verbal inventiveness of James Joyce, was published in 1983 under the title Larva. Julián Ríos currently lives and works in France, on the outskirts of Paris

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