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Found Audio de N.J. Campbell
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Found Audio (edició 2017)

de N.J. Campbell (Autor)

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* A Best Book of 2017 --Writer's Bone "[A] mysterious work of metafiction... dizzying, arresting and defiantly bold." --Laura Pearson,Chicago Tribune Amrapali Anna Singh is an historian and analyst capable of discerning the most cryptic and trivial details from audio recordings. One day, a mysterious man appears at her office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, having traveled a great distance to bring her three Type IV audio cassettes that bear the stamp of a library in Buenos Aires that may or may not exist. On the cassettes is the deposition of an adventure journalist and his obsessive pursuit of an amorphous, legendary, and puzzling "City of Dreams." Spanning decades, his quest leads him from a snake-hunter in the Louisiana bayou to the walled city of Kowloon on the eve of its destruction, from the Singing Dunes of Mongolia to a chess tournament in Istanbul. The deposition also begs the question: Who is making the recording, and why? Despite being explicitly instructed not to, curiosity gets the better of Singh and she mails a transcription of the cassettes with her analysis to an acquaintance before vanishing. The man who bore the cassettes, too, has disappeared. The journalist was unnamed. Here--for the first time--is the complete archival manuscript of the mysterious recordings accompanied by Singh's analysis.… (més)
Membre:AllanMGagnon
Títol:Found Audio
Autors:N.J. Campbell (Autor)
Informació:Two Dollar Radio (2017), 170 pages
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One of the lines that made me laugh was "I paid her $88 tab consisting mostly of gin and egg salad sandwiches" — which I read while eating an egg salad sandwich (no gin), sitting in the courtyard of my office on a sweltering day, about to make a huge career transition. A preoccupation of the book is the search for odd things and the attempt to understand them, and I thought about how transitions are odd things — times when out-of-the-ordinary experiences become commonplace, at least until you settle into a new routine.

Dreams are another preoccupation of the book. At one point, the narrator admits that during a period following an inexplicable experience, he had no dreams. Perhaps he suppressed them because he wanted to live a normal, explicable life. I go months without recalling any dreams — perhaps I too reject them because they're illogical. But while I was in the middle of the book's Tape III, I remembered a dream I'd had: I was in a horse-drawn wagon for hours, traveling east on a busy highway through Iowa; when we stopped for something to eat, the convenience store had only energy drinks and cigarettes, and I said, "There's nothing for me here." It pretty clearly represented my career change.

Anyway, aside from those coincidences, I really enjoyed the clever construction of the book, the epistolary — or transcriptional? — format, the character of A.A. Singh and her obscure, expert footnotes, and the author as narrator, who claims, "I have gone with the current publisher because they have agreed to let me assert in this afterword that the account is, in fact, non-fiction, even if, for legal reasons, it must be published as fiction."

If that quote intrigues you, or if the following one piques your interest, I think you'll enjoy Found Audio.

"I understood, for the first time, how I could never, ever understand — how it was impossible, actually, to explain how any part of life could be seen as more than an unexplainable dream — how the events of being awake proceeded and were as strange and marvelous as any of the miracles that occur when we are asleep." ( )
  Bruyere_C | Dec 2, 2021 |
Presented as a transcription of tape recordings found in a Buenos Aires library, Found Audio reads as a series of dream-visions that bemuse both narrator and reader. That we are transported to no place in particular seems to be the point.

‘The thing you are most afraid of,’ he said in his thick Eastern European accent, ‘is that there may be more and less to this world than there seems to be.’ He went on by saying that this world—this whole world—could be as strange and wonderful and fantastic and unknowable as this dream or any other.
That all of this—everything—is an odd thing beyond explanation entirely.
  MusicalGlass | Aug 7, 2021 |
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* A Best Book of 2017 --Writer's Bone "[A] mysterious work of metafiction... dizzying, arresting and defiantly bold." --Laura Pearson,Chicago Tribune Amrapali Anna Singh is an historian and analyst capable of discerning the most cryptic and trivial details from audio recordings. One day, a mysterious man appears at her office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, having traveled a great distance to bring her three Type IV audio cassettes that bear the stamp of a library in Buenos Aires that may or may not exist. On the cassettes is the deposition of an adventure journalist and his obsessive pursuit of an amorphous, legendary, and puzzling "City of Dreams." Spanning decades, his quest leads him from a snake-hunter in the Louisiana bayou to the walled city of Kowloon on the eve of its destruction, from the Singing Dunes of Mongolia to a chess tournament in Istanbul. The deposition also begs the question: Who is making the recording, and why? Despite being explicitly instructed not to, curiosity gets the better of Singh and she mails a transcription of the cassettes with her analysis to an acquaintance before vanishing. The man who bore the cassettes, too, has disappeared. The journalist was unnamed. Here--for the first time--is the complete archival manuscript of the mysterious recordings accompanied by Singh's analysis.

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