Disintegration in Four Parts (Paperback)

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This unique book comprises four novellas all centered on the idea of purity. Each novella creates its own world and atmosphere, separate from its counterparts and yet perfectly balanced in a quartet. Disintegration in Four Parts is high concept and yet extremely accessible, boasting something for every reader to discover.

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Four writers, four different perspectives on the problematic notion of purity.

All purity is created by resemblance and disavowal. With this sentence as a starting point, four authors each write a novella considering the concept of purity, all from astonishingly different angles. Jean Marc Ah-Sen writes about love blooming between two writers belonging to feuding literary movements. Emily Anglin explores an architect's search for her twin at a rural historic house. Devon Code documents the Wittgensteinian upheavals of the last days of an elderly woman. And Lee Henderson imagines Dada artist Kurt Schwitters finding unlikely inspiration in a Second World War internment camp in northern Norway.

Wildly different in style and subject matter, these four virtuoso pieces give us a 360-degree view of a philosophical theme that has never felt so urgent.

"Despite the disparity of their subject matter - a Nazi-evading Dadaist detained in Norway, urban and familial estrangements, complicated love amid the avant-garde, the vicissitudes of old age - these brilliantly inventive, delightfully strange stories cling together like four unlikely soulmates, unified by art's pursuit of coherence through life's various disintegrations." --Pasha Malla, author of Kill the Mall

Product Details
ISBN: 9781552454244
ISBN-10: 155245424X
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English