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ISBN-10: 1564786323
ISBN-13: 9781564786326
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 04/05/2011
Dimensions: 7.97" L, 5.52" W, 0.48" H

The Explosion of the Radiator Hose

Translator: Louise Rogers Lalaurie

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Price: $13.95

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In this nominally true story of an epic, transcontinental road trip, Jean Rolin travels to Africa from darkest France, accompanying a battered Audi to its new life as a taxi to be operated by the family of a Congolese security guard. The ghost of Joseph Conrad haunts Rolin’s journey, as do memories of his expatriate youth in Kinshasa in the early 1960s–but no less present are W. G. Sebald and Marcel Proust, who are the guiding lights for Rolin’s sensual and digressive attack upon history: his own as well as the world’s. By turns comic, lyrical, gruesome, and humane, The Explosion of the Radiator Hose is a one-of-a-kind travelogue, and no less an exploration of what it means to be human in a life of perpetual exile and migration.

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Like Sebald, Rolin is a master of sentence structure, honing his syntax with considerable elegance, allowing his sentences to reach beyond normative bounds in an effort to bring forth meaning more fully. He is not afraid to loiter here and there, taking his time to develop ideas he finds upon his way, as it were. Though the radiator hose explodes, there is no explosion of truth. Instead, through a deftly ironical and dispassionate gaze, Jean Rolin focuses most closely upon small things, the very ones which in the aggregate compose the fabric of existence in the first world, in the third world, or indeed in a fictional world.
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ISBN-10: 1564786323
ISBN-13: 9781564786326
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 04/05/2011
Dimensions: 7.97" L, 5.52" W, 0.48" H
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