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Coda: A Novel Paperback – Mar 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (March 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803224419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803224414
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 12.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,139,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This madcap, metaphysical mystery ably fits perpetual motion machines, immortality, and blood-sacrifice sects into 88 brisk and brainy pages. . . . Elegant and smart, this novella leaves readers with questions that prove incredibly difficult to untangle."—Publishers Weekly Starred review

"Fans of Paul Auster's brand of literary gamesmanship will recognize a kindred spirit here."—Kirkus

"[Coda] is both enjoyable simply for the story that slowly unfolds as well as for the philosophical puzzle (and solution) it turns out to be."—M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review
(M.A. Orthofer)

"Coda cuts a wide berth in the reader's mind, beginning with a mysterious package of frozen clams appearing in the narrator's freezer and expanding to include perpetual motion machines, a fancy party, an alluring woman, and murder."—Paul Constant, The Stranger
(Paul Constant)

About the Author

René Belletto was born in France in 1945. His first book, Le Temps mort, won the Prix Jean Ray for fantasy literature, his novel Sur le terre comme au ciel won the Grand Prix for fiction, and his novel L’Enfer won the Prix Fémina. Alyson Waters teaches translation at Yale University. She has translated multiple books, including Vassilis Alexakis’s Foreign Words and Albert Cossery’s A Splendid Conspiracy. Stacey Levine is the author of four works of fiction, including, most recently, The Girl with Brown Fur: Tales and Stories.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Whimsical and rewarding May 17 2011
By Nina Murray - Published on
Format: Paperback
A pure whim of a book, and one that dramatically reveals one's preconceived notions of what a book ought to do or be. When you begin reading, it feels like a strangely underdeveloped mystery story in which clues, instead of being saved for a grand reveal in the end, are being interpreted on the spot without much concern for how realistic the interpretation may seem. The reading, then, begins to feel like a yarn, akin to a ghost story spun over a campfire--it trains you to suspend your disbelief and go along with its little incredibilities. The climax, when it comes, is profoundly satisfying--things fall into place, nothing is left unexplained, and the wit of the entire parable inspires a sense of imaginative accomplishment in you, the reader.

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