novel architecturale

a fictitious Bramante

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Mc Williams, "The Writer as Janus"

Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, presides over Michel Butor's many writings. This legendary two-headed figure, met by Léon Delmont in the dreams which climax La Modification, Butor's most famous novel, simultaneously looks back over the past and ahead to the future. For Butor, yesterday and tomorrow are dialectically related: it is only by uncovering the forces buried in the past that the present can be understood and the future prepared. His protagonists dig back through their earlier lives, searching the roots of their current dilemmas. But these roots must always be traced further, deep into the cultural subsoil from which our civilization has sprung. The struggle to understand contemporary society by excavating our collective past is the guiding theme of Butor's work.

2007.06.25 10:36
For the pleasure of sharing ideas, through the poetry of the printed word

What I'd like to do more of is 'fictitious historical dialogue'.

As of yesterday, reading Duboy (again) along with ongoing Montesquieu and spotty Foucault--bricolage plus letters plus Las Meninas etc. Mix that with 'fictitious historical dialogue' and you have my next book project.

It's a book about all kinds of style. The working title is über œuvred e suicidal. Piranesi hires a Quaker lawyer to fix historical inaccuracies while the Quaker lawyer hires Piranesi to design an historically accurate house. Neither knew of the other's true propensity--playful double-meaning meets good-natured honesty--yet they discover themselves to be a formidable team. You'll think you're laughing and you'll laugh about thinking.



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