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An 18-th c Prince creates an ideal city on paper which comes to life

From Publishers Weekly

01 September 1997 – After his postmodern Orwellian debut (Music, in a Foreign Language), Crumey moves into the fabulist territory of Italo Calvino and Dino Buzzati with a short novel of literary inspiration and obsession in the fictional city of Rreinnstadt. The city is the Borgesian creation of an unnamed European prince, a city that exists purely on paper, employing innumerable bureaucrats. One of these, the minor cartographer Schenck, finds himself in a boy-meets-girl story when Estrella, a biographer, comes looking for information on a certain mysterious Count Zelneck. In his eagerness to assist her, Schenck slips into fabrication, unaware that fiction is the prerogative of committees of Rreinnstadt's Literature Division. The subsequent tale-within-a-tale-within-a-tale gets arch indeed when an imaginary reader addresses the off-page author about the fictional author Pfitz, but Pfitz himself is a diverting raconteur, whether he's telling shaggy dog stories about his father or a fable about the man who fell in love with a shadow. And if Crumey takes authorial self-consciousness further than most readers will readily go, he provides plenty of suspense and amusement along the way.
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Classics
  • Published: 22 April 2011
  • Publisher: Dedalus
  • Print Length: 164 Pages
  • Language: English
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