The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

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As with other books by Danielewski, it is ingeniously typeset – more poem than prose, with blank pages facing each page of text and interspersed art works composed of stitching (remember, Chintana is a needlewoman)...At the novella's climax, the fusion of art and language is exhilarating and even frightening.
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In this story set in East Texas, a local seamstress named Chintana finds herself responsible for five orphans who are not only captivated by a storyteller’s tale of vengeance but by the long black box he sets before them. As midnight approaches, the box is opened, a fateful dare is made, and the children as well as Chintana come face to face with the consequences of a malice retold and now foretold.



The blank pages in this book are a deliberate design element.
 

About Mark Z. Danielewski

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Mark Z. Danielewski was born in New York City and lives in Los Angeles. He is the author of House of Leaves, Only Revolutions and The Whalestoe Letters.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Pantheon. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Daniel Handler on Oct 26 2012

“The Fifty Year Sword” is a successful piece of experimental fiction, but I just can’t shake the urge to ask its creator if he might please stop experimenting.

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Good
Reviewed by Stuart Kelly on May 09 2014

As with other books by Danielewski, it is ingeniously typeset – more poem than prose, with blank pages facing each page of text and interspersed art works composed of stitching (remember, Chintana is a needlewoman)...At the novella's climax, the fusion of art and language is exhilarating and even frightening.

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