February 11, 2010

Felix Feneon, Novels in Three Lines, trans. Luc Sante (New York Review of Books, 2007).

When I published some of the works of the Feneon Collective in WORK no. 10 (on the sidebar), I bought this, but have only recently had time to go through it. I wish I had read it sooner. Each news snippet pares a story down to the bare essentials, leaving a stark, often haunting, minimalist text. Feneon's political leanings are also clearly represented throughout:

"It was believed that work would start up again today at the steelworks in Pamiers. A delusion" (116).


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