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Genoa Paul Metcalf

Genoa

Paul Metcalf

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ISBN : 9781566893923
Paperback
264 pages
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[Genoa] invites us to pass our minds down a new but ancient track, to become, ourselves, both fact and fiction, and to discover something true about the geography of time.—William Gass, The New York TimesGenoa is a spectacular confrontation withMore[Genoa] invites us to pass our minds down a new but ancient track, to become, ourselves, both fact and fiction, and to discover something true about the geography of time.—William Gass, The New York TimesGenoa is a spectacular confrontation with Melvilles work, the journals of Columbus and molecular biology—all folded into a hallucinatory narrative about two brothers and their different paths through the American century.—Publishers WeeklyMuch like his great-grandfather, Herman Melville, Paul Metcalf brings an extraordinary diversity of materials into the complex patterns of analogy and metaphor, to affect a common term altogether brilliant in its imagination.—Robert CreeleyA unique work of historical and literary imagination, eloquent and powerful. I know of nothing like it.—Howard ZinnFirst published in 1965, Genoa is Paul Metcalfs purging of the burden of his relationship to his great-grandfather Herman Melville. In his signature polyphonic style, a storm-tossed Indiana attic becomes the site of a reckoning with the life of Melville- with Columbus, and his myth- and between two brothers—one, an MD who refuses to practice- the other, an executed murderer. Genoa is a triumph, a novel without peer, that vibrates and sings a quintessentially American song.Paul Metcalf (1917–99) was an American writer and the great-grandson of Herman Melville. His three volume Collected Works were published by Coffee House Press in 1996.