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Fiction. In the tradition of Borges and Calvino, THE MUSICAL ILLUSIONIST is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales--disappearing manuscripts, neurological anomalies, teleporting bacteria, and an unforgettable composer who manipulates sound to bend perception--that masterfully blend scientific curiosity with magical-realist caprice. Alex Rose has published stories and essays for McSweeney's, the North American Review, the Providence Journal, the Forward, the Science Creative Quarterly, and DIAGRAM. He has also directed a number of short films that have appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and the BBC.

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"Filmmaker Rose ranges widely in his fiction debut, drawing in everything from non-Euclidian geometry to 'dyasnimagnosis' (a paranoid condition in which 'the subject will begin to believe that the world itself is a construction, that her surroundings are false, the buildings and trees merely set pieces' — The Matrix, anyone?). Thus proceeds the Borgesian enterprise Rose calls the Library of Tangents, the short tales and mini-theories being what one supposedly finds there, with the title section being one of seven 'Special Exhibitions.' In one piece, the inhabitants of the fifth island of Japan develop a musical language akin to Morse code; other entries feature an architect who designs a city without shadows, bioluminescent bacteria that create multicolored fog, and another rare psychological condition that causes its subjects to become deaf solely to the waltzes of Chopin. Other musical musings find Christian Doppler's studies in the physics of frequency driving 'kinetic symphonies,' in which music arises from hidden and improbable sources. Rose's matter and manner recall Lawrence Weschler's Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, but Rose has a distinct voice and take on arcana, fictitious and otherwise." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The second installment from the daring Hotel St. George imprint.

Synopsis:

Fiction. In the tradition of Borges and Calvino, THE MUSICAL ILLUSIONIST is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales--disappearing manuscripts, neurological anomalies, teleporting bacteria, and an unforgettable composer who manipulates sound to bend perception--that masterfully blend scientific curiosity with magical-realist caprice. Alex Rose has published stories and essays for McSweeney's, the North American Review, the Providence Journal, the Forward, the Science Creative Quarterly, and DIAGRAM. He has also directed a number of short films that have appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and the BBC.

About the Author

Alex Rose has published stories and essays for McSweeney's, the North American Review, The Providence Journal, The Forward, Science-Creative Quarterly, and DIAGRAM. He has also directed a number of short films, videos, and animations, which have appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, ShowTime, and the BBC. The Musical Illusionist is his debut collection.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780978910310
Author:
Rose, Alex
Publisher:
Hotel St George Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Hotel St. George
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 Color and BandW illustrations and pho
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 x 0.5 in 7 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Filmmaker Rose ranges widely in his fiction debut, drawing in everything from non-Euclidian geometry to 'dyasnimagnosis' (a paranoid condition in which 'the subject will begin to believe that the world itself is a construction, that her surroundings are false, the buildings and trees merely set pieces' — The Matrix, anyone?). Thus proceeds the Borgesian enterprise Rose calls the Library of Tangents, the short tales and mini-theories being what one supposedly finds there, with the title section being one of seven 'Special Exhibitions.' In one piece, the inhabitants of the fifth island of Japan develop a musical language akin to Morse code; other entries feature an architect who designs a city without shadows, bioluminescent bacteria that create multicolored fog, and another rare psychological condition that causes its subjects to become deaf solely to the waltzes of Chopin. Other musical musings find Christian Doppler's studies in the physics of frequency driving 'kinetic symphonies,' in which music arises from hidden and improbable sources. Rose's matter and manner recall Lawrence Weschler's Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, but Rose has a distinct voice and take on arcana, fictitious and otherwise." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The second installment from the daring Hotel St. George imprint.
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. In the tradition of Borges and Calvino, THE MUSICAL ILLUSIONIST is an interwoven collection of postmodern folk tales--disappearing manuscripts, neurological anomalies, teleporting bacteria, and an unforgettable composer who manipulates sound to bend perception--that masterfully blend scientific curiosity with magical-realist caprice. Alex Rose has published stories and essays for McSweeney's, the North American Review, the Providence Journal, the Forward, the Science Creative Quarterly, and DIAGRAM. He has also directed a number of short films that have appeared on HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, and the BBC.
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