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Phosphor in Dreamland
 

Phosphor in Dreamland (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ducornet, Rikki

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Wildly comic, erotic, and perverse, Rikki Ducornet's dazzling novel, ? Phosphor in Dreamland, explores the relationship between power and madness, nature and its exploitation, pornography and art, innocence and depravity. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award of 1995.

ISBN 9781564780843
Published 15 October 1995 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781564780843
ISBN-10 1564780848
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date 15 October 1995
International Publication Date 1 October 1995
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ducornet, Rikki
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 142mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Wildly comic, erotic, and perverse, Rikki Ducornet's dazzling novel, Phosphor in Dreamland, explores the relationship between power and madness, nature and its exploitation, pornography and art, innocence and depravity. Winner of the Critic's Choice Award of 1995.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [Ducornet] writes like a stunned time-traveler, testifying in breathless fragments to exotic ages that have gone or never were... It's startling and refreshing to encounter a writer whose work insists so relentlessly upon the magic of making tales. -- Robert Chatain, Chicago Tribune Ducornet's novel is both incoherent and astonishing, a complex fantasia redolent of Swift and Borges, but stranger than both. -- The London Times Phosphor in Dreamland is one of the finest persuasions to date for the life of the erotic, the sensual... Rikki Ducornet is a writer whose work deserves our joyous attention. -- Los Angeles Times
US Review An unnamed narrator relates the marvelous 17th-century history of a remote Caribbean island (Birdland) in this lushly imaginative latest by the author of The Jade Cabinet (1993), among other fancifully erudite fictions that seem to combine the strengths and weaknesses of Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Burton, and Ducornet's probably closest model, the late Angela Carter. It's the story of a foundling, named Phosphor (for the literal luminosity he exudes), and the mendicant scholar Foginius, who raises and educates the boy, all the while thwarting and stifling Phosphor's ravenous intellectual curiosity. Fascinated by the seemingly magical properties of light, Phosphor invents the ocalurscope - an early version of the camera. Falling in love with professor Tardanza's lissome daughter Extravaganza, the young inventor determines to capture the island both in photographic images and in the epic poem (excerpts from which show up in the text) that he's writing in celebration of his beloved. Phosphor's talents are commandeered by the wealthy nobleman Fantasma, whose dream of aggrandizement mocks and perverts the former's rapturous worship of the mutable word he thus records. Ducornet's beautiful sentences, crammed with arcane and fascinating particulars, incarnate a sensual delight in the material world far stronger than any desires to exploit or possess it. The polymathic lyricism of her prose, which is quite capable of feyness and preciosity, is equally often richly amusing, especially in her superbly offbeat figurative language (e.g, a beautiful woman's laughter rattled and thundered in his brain like the body of a vampire eager to leave is coffin ) and also in the learned footnotes that embellish the text, giving to the whole a convincingly antiquarian air. Not, perhaps, for every taste, Ducornet's fabulous narrative contrivances offer the serious reader both an unusual challenge and a dreamy scape from the constrictions of realism. She's something of a mythical beast herself: a surrealist with a sense of humor, and also a sense of history. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

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