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The Combinations

SUMMARY The Combinations READ ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Å Louis Armand Louis Armand Å 9 REVIEW In 8 octaves 64 chapters and on 888 xxxvii pages Louis Armand’s The Combinations is a “work of attempted fiction” that combines the beauty intellectual exertion that is chess with the panorama of futility chaos that is Prague aka “Golem City” across the 20th century and beforeafter Golem City the ship of fools boarded by the famed D’s eg John and K’s eg Edward of. Prague dirty old town at night Kafkian spectres and alchemical apparitions stroll all over the placeAnd the dark shadow of golem presides over them all A fabric of The Combinations is the stuff that nightmares are made of There were bridges empty parks railway lines boat horns echoing in a distance calculated to sound fake As fake as all the corbels trefoils lancets spandrels voussoirs vergeboards chevrons crockets mouchettes buttresses clerestories balustres architraves cupolas of this Potemkin village his mind seemed determined to erect at every turn As fake as a city made of playing cards balsawood scraps of newsprint papier m ch celluloid d j vu bits pieces of wrecked signage glued together with nothing behind them but empty space Stageprops The Combinations the title is an apparent allusion to The Recognitions by William Gaddis is a tortuous journey through the world of sham things and fake identities narrated in the fanciful and psychedelic style of Gravity s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon Fingers tapping secret commands on the walls Morse transcriptions of alien traffic the groaning through the floor the scampering of rats above the cornices rubble sifting down into sealed up chimneys dumbwaiters coalchutes hidden passageways the tireless inscrutable industry of ant colonies weevils termites excavating through brick mortar red clay foundation stones whole underworlds feeding on the substrate of All Visible Things But you didn t need to see it to know it was true The proof was everywhere The Combinations is a mystical mystery a postmodern post noir echoing Angel of the West Window by Gustav Meyrink and Foucault s Pendulum by Umberto Eco as well as a dozen of other books Louis Armand tells his tale onwards back to front sideways and even in a topsy turvy way Erdichtung und Geschichte fiction history One a picture of the imagination with its moods its poetry its irrationalism The other nothing but a reflection bereft of psychology meaning intention nothing than what it is a trick of geometry angles of incidence Yet in the eye of the beholder what could be further from the truthN mec some sort of an alcoholic and schizoid Gregor Samsa and a self styled private eye stumbles through his life of macabre memories eerie daydreams weird filmmaking conspiracy theory phobias absurdist chess puzzles and sinister vaudevilles trying to decipher a cryptogram of existenceIt was like listening to rain falling on a windy night Falling on metal water glass Sonograms Interference patterns in the middle ear Fluctuations in remote magnetic fieldsA sugar coating for History s bitter pillHad the future already taken form inside the contradicted presentWas the past realWhat mattered if he believed in ghosts or if they believed in himCombinations of insanity are as infinite as time and space

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SUMMARY The Combinations READ ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Å Louis Armand Louis Armand Å 9 REVIEW S the previous half century of communist Mitteleuropa The Combinations is a text whose 1 erudition dazzles 2 structure humbles 3 monotony never bores 4 humour disarms 5 relentlessness overwhelms 6 storytelling captivates 7 poignancy remains poignant and 8 style simply never exhausts itself Your move Reader“Kafka’s The Trial meets Robert Musil’s The Man Without ualities”. I can say with confidence that I have never read a book like The Combinations which is difficult at times incredibly complex occasionally infuriating What you get out of it depends largely on how much work you re willing to do The admiration and complete frustration I felt while reading this book was almost too much but I still wanted to read it again I am also hopelessly romantically nostalgic about Prague The way The Combinations depicts the city is so true to life a mixture of dysfunctional Socialist realism and the ineffable mysterious freuently gorgeous dream like uality of its storied past It was a refreshing contrast to Arthur Phillips Prague and The Russian Debutante s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart which promised much than they actually delivered and were compared to the work of such writers as Kundera and Hemingway unfortunately that was not the case For its part The Combinations doesn t easily permit comparison and in many ways is as genuinely uniue and complex as Prague itself If you love the city the way I do you should read this book Sweet Mandarin previous half century of communist Mitteleuropa The Combinations is a text whose 1 erudition dazzles 2 structure humbles 3 monotony never bores 4 humour disarms 5 relentlessness overwhelms 6 storytelling captivates 7 Sweet Mandarin poignancy remains The Lost Heart of Asia poignant and 8 style simply never exhausts itself Your move Reader“Kafka’s The Trial meets Robert Musil’s The Man Without ualities”. I can say with confidence that I have never read a book like The Combinations which is difficult at times incredibly complex occasionally infuriating What you get out of it depends largely on how much work you re willing to do The admiration and complete frustration I felt while reading this book was almost too much but I still wanted to read it again I am also hopelessly romantically nostalgic about Prague The way The Combinations depicts the city is so true to life a mixture of dysfunctional Socialist realism and the ineffable mysterious freuently gorgeous dream like uality of its storied The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman past It was a refreshing contrast to Arthur Phillips Prague and The Russian Debutante s Handbook by Gary Shteyngart which The Tavern on Maple Street promised much than they actually delivered and were compared to the work of such writers as Kundera and Hemingway unfortunately that was not the case For its El caso Banchero permit comparison and in many ways is as genuinely uniue and complex as Prague itself If you love the city the way I do you should read this book

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SUMMARY The Combinations READ ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Å Louis Armand Louis Armand Å 9 REVIEW The 16th17th centuries who attempted and failed to turn lead into gold and the infamous H’s eg Adolf eg Reinhard of the 20th who attempted and succeeded in turning flesh into soap Armand’s prose weaves together the City’s thousand and one fascinating tales with a deeply personal account of one lost soul set adrift amid the early 90s’ awakening from the nightmare that wa. Louis Armand s THE COMBINATIONS is on a psychic continuum between the arcana of the Codex Seraphinianus and an Alan Moore comic less a novel than a concept album riffing on Universal History at The End of Time through the refracting prism of Golem City Prague circa 1999 just as Moore s JERUSALEM I ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC represents a fractalized psychogeography of Northampton both books transmuting the singular and local through a cosmic lens and on an almost cosmic scale Moore s magnum opus runs to 1280pp Armand s to roughly 900 counting the epilogue Like David Foster Wallace s INFINITE JEST these are the kind of books that come along once in a generational cycle Unlike Wallace and his forebears neither JERUSALEM nor THE COMBINATIONS displays any resemblance to the so called Great American Novel because obviously they re not but also because they speak primarily to a specificity of dwelling of language of the mythic currents that fuse into an existential rather than literary condition The nearest comparison in recent UK publishing would be Iain Sinclair s DOWNRIVER or the least American of contemporary American writers Pynchon s AGAINST THE DAY both are massive works of peregrination of the temporal and spatial enfolding of the individuated collective consciousness the heavenly host nailed to a pinhead If Moore s writing is comparatively Miltonic in the Blakean vein Armand s is Blakean in the Joycean vein between them they channel the major dualisms of our time


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    SUMMARY The Combinations Louis Armand Å 9 REVIEW READ ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Å Louis Armand I hated Rubik's cubes but I loved this book This book is smaller on the outside than it is on the inside which is saying a lot If Dr Who landed in Prague for the next 64 episodes it might be a bit like this I'm not sure I'd be able to condense all of the impressions of the book I have except that it is like a circumnavigational maze whose

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    Pdf/E–pub The Combinations Like Pynchon and Wallace Armand can write with tireless virtuosity about almost anything The Combinations is a freuently hilarious high satire of our post political existential malaise A stranger layered critiue than say Franzen or Lethem's recent offerings and damning and demanding than Dave Eggers I would put The Combinations alongside Joshua Cohen's similarly sizeable debut Witz and Bolano's 2666 a grotesue pathetic comic visio

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