#tobyreads: On the Aesthetics of Absence — Doubles and Disappearances from Calle, Bioy Casares, Blackwell, Davis, and Chaix

There’s something uneasily evocative about a character defined by their absence. In the novel I’m working on now, I’m trying to summon up one of the central characters via the narratives of others, and it’s not an easy task. When this is done well, it can be breathtaking: consider Michael Kimball’s┬áDear Everybody, in which the assemblage of the novel turns the (offscreen) character into as vividly rendered a figure as the book’s ostensible protagonist. The books discussed this week make […]

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