Defoe by Leslie Scalapino
(Sun & Moon Classics)

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Defoe is an epic where images of -battle become meditations, an epic wherein events flap in silence as the narrative moves toward a place where the reader and text become one. The images of this fiction don’t resemble events, but are new occurrences in time and space. In Part I, Waking Life, the heroine, in love with James Dean, discovers herself in a desert pocked with fires in which the "henna man"—a drug dealer—is being carried in a white cocoon. And throughout Scala-pino’s work the reader is taken into a world where the written word creates "an event retrieved from so far back that it is separated from memory."


About Leslie Scalapino

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LESLIE SCALAPINO is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and plays, as well as the novel Dafoe (Sun and Moon,1994). Among her books of poetry are way (1988), that they were at the beach- aeolotropic series (1985), and Considering how exaggerated music is (1982), all published by North Point Press. Leslie Scalapino has taught most recently at Bard College and the Naropa Institute.
Published April 1, 2000 by Sun & Moon Press. 376 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whether Scalapino's first work of long fiction is a reference to the father of the realist novel, a play on the word ``foe'' or simply an absurdity is anybody's guess.

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