Friday Reads & March TBR

'The Invented Part' a novel by Rodrigo Fresan Translated From The Spanish By Will Vanderhyden

'The Diaries of Emilio Renzi: The Formative Years' by Ricardo Piglia Translated by Robert Croll

'Paul: A Biography' by N.T. Wright

'Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross' by Michael J. Gorman

'Apostle Of The Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction To Paul & His Letters' by Michael J. Gorman

'Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul's Narrative Soteriology' by Michael Gorman

'The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement' by Michael J. Gorman

'Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission by Michael J. Gorman

'John Of The Mountains: The Unpublished Journals Of John Muir' Edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe

'Wonderland' a novel by Stacey Derasmo

'The Peripheral' a novel by William Gibson

'Time Travel: A History' by James Gleick

'Stoked: A History of Surf Culture' by Drew Kampion Foreword By Bruce Brown

The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresan (Open Letter)

This remarkable work, as Jonathan Lethem writes on Fresan, “brings a blast of oxygen into the room.” Several thesauruses of superlatives and superduperlatives are required to review this astonishing and breathtaking novel from an Argentinian marathon runner. A 545-page (large A5 size pages, small-ish font) maximalist masterwork (part of a trilogy) with the incredible frenetic pace and encyclopedic scope of David Foster Wallace (epigraphed on p.x), an impressive sprawling stream of low-to-high musical and literary references, essays, interpretations, and freewheeling opinions. An ur-meta novel that attempts the insane feat of encapsulating the whole world of writing and writers in a sweeping swooning style that is packed with hilarious, lyrical, thoughtful reflection and satire, and a rapturous repository for the author’s passions and obsessions. And more, and more, and more, and more. If the second and third novels are up to this calibre, Fresan’s trilogy will etch itself in the hallowed pantheon of the everlasting encyclopedic classics.
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