Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Aidan Higgins

Published in 1972, but long out of print in the United States, Aidan Higgins's Balcony of Europe is a masterpiece - a long, complex, modernist masterpiece. Never mind the reviews or the complaints regarding its form, this novel is worth the price of admission. I've just finished it - and can't say enough for its rhythmic qualities, its thoughtful insights. Nearest literary neighbors: Banville, Durrell, Djuna Barnes, and, in its attention to the expatriate life in Spain, Hemingway.

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