Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mystical fiction …

… The Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol | Quarterly Conversation. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

There is magic in how Llansol puts words together—and more of the poet in her than the prose writer. The excerpt below is fairly indicative of what you will find. Note the line “the room’s lamp was extinguished, the daylight disappeared,” which appears first in parenthesis. She repeats the same phrase, this time without the parentheses, at the end of the passage. It is a surprisingly effective trick. The words reverberate in the mind like an echo, or deja-vu, or even a whisper across time.

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