Michael Martone

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FC2, 2005 - Fiction - 190 pages
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Michael Martone is its own appendix, comprising fifty contributors notes, each of which identifies in exorbitant biographical detail the author of the other forty-nine. It is full of fanciful anecdotes and preposterous reminiscences. Michael Martone's self-inventions include the multiple deaths of himself and all his family members, his Kafkaesque rebirth as a giant insect, and his stints as circus performer, assembly-line worker, photographer, and movie extra. Expect no autobiographical consistency here. A note revealing Martone's mother as the ghost-writer of all his books precedes the note beginning, Michael Martone, an orphan... We learn of Martone's university career and sketchy formal education, his misguided caretaking of his teacher John Barth's lawn, and his impersonation of a poor African republic in political science class, where Martone's population is allowed to starve as his more fortunate fellow republics fight over development and natural resource trading-cards. Peanut, Bug, Gigi-tone, Tony's boy, Patty's boy, Junior's, Mickey, Monk, Mr Martone, and the contributor named in this note, proves as Protean as fiction itself, continuously transforming the past with every new attribution but never identifying himself by name. It is this missing personage who, from first note to last, constitutes the unformed subject of Michael Martone.

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Postpostmodern perhaps? Martone mines the rich seams of memory and imagination within the confines of the author profile format. These self-imposed confines give the text space to breathe and the ... Read full review

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Fifty-odd "contributor's notes": a man in full, in some sense. Even the blurbs - one of which is from John Barth, the author's mentor at Johns Hopkins - are part of the game. But for all of its formal ... Read full review


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Michael Martone teaches writing at the University of Alabama.

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