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FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9780956056054
RRP: £12.50
PUBLICATION DATE: June 21, 2010

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The Nocturnal Library

By (author) Ermanno Cavazzoni; Translated by Allan Cameron

A fantastic evocation of life and learning in a dream sequence: Jerome, who has to sit an exam and suffers from toothache, enters a nighmarish library in which everything conspires to frustrate his desperate attempts to revise. Cavazzoni creates an entire world in this dream, whose absurd perhaps comments on the more muted absurdity of reality. The library contains geological and natural realities that plague the organic matter of which the books are made, demonstrating or at least suggesting the futility of human learning. In some parts of the building the books have turned into peat. Cavazzoni admits that his books pushe the novel to its very limits – “like outpourings of the maniacal,” he says. “That’s how they come to me, you must understand.”

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