The Revisionist (2020)

The Revisionist Fiction The title character of THE REVISIONIST conducts covert surveillance on a city whose inhabitants are subject to uncanny transformations as a result of catastrophic weather political corruption
  • Title: The Revisionist
  • Author: Miranda Mellis
  • ISBN: 9780977072378
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fiction The title character of THE REVISIONIST conducts covert surveillance on a city whose inhabitants are subject to uncanny transformations as a result of catastrophic weather, political corruption, invasive technologies and environmental degradation Hired to spin, or revise, the facts, the revisionist s perceptions in turn become detached and distorted inevitablyFiction The title character of THE REVISIONIST conducts covert surveillance on a city whose inhabitants are subject to uncanny transformations as a result of catastrophic weather, political corruption, invasive technologies and environmental degradation Hired to spin, or revise, the facts, the revisionist s perceptions in turn become detached and distorted inevitably unreliable yet all the same, revealing This civil scientist of a narrator sardonically observes a distressed landscape inhabited by mutant children, a seeing eye dog, a centenarian with iguanas and constellations beneath her dress, brooding frigate birds, insurance love clones, a terrorist curator, a private investigator, and a little girl who s discovered the world s largest conch THE REVISIONIST is at once a beautifully simple fable and a wonderfully lyrical apocalyptic tale Brian Evenson.
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    1. The Revisionist is a slim book with lots of good white space, almost like a collection of prose poems, but there are characters in it, too the seeing eye dog, the runner, the curator, the woman with the broken hearing aid, and of course the revisionist The revisionist s job is to conduct surveillance of the weather and report that everything was fine even as nuclear bombs explode and acid rain falls Buildings were curdling The very air had faded, was pixilated The revisionist is a person in shoc [...]

    2. On page five of The Revisionist it says, Buildings were curdling On page seventeen of The Revisionist it says, It wasn t just the radiation that made people flee to Start Over Island On the same page it also says, It was normal to get to know people and then to be scared or hurt, even killed by them On page twenty two of The Revisionist it says, One friend s dog required diapers On page twenty three of The Revisionist it says, The day after I ripped my own mother s clothes off in a supermarket, [...]

    3. An excerpt in Harpers led me to this book, and I think that vignette made a powerful impression than the novella itself Under the burden of narrative, or at least a longer form, it meanders But there s plenty of vivid imagery I m still thinking about detonations and unravelings, perversions of nature, mundane resentments converted to violence Derek White s ornate collage illustrations help the pacing, but it was ultimately kind of unsatisfying.

    4. This book was required reading for a creative writing class I am currently in I have to say that I was initially put off by the abstract setting and the nonsensical logic that pervades throughout the story However, the book really took a hold of me and my imagination Never before had I read a book where a jogger could cork screw himself into the sand, be dug up and presented as a conch shell, and then exploded and put back together again as a fleshy rag doll I think this is the kind of book best [...]

    5. This has the feeling of moving through faulkner, but it is obviously very different Incredibly dense images that make it difficult to decide if you should move on or stay for a while I m a little impatient, and I find faulkner s books too overwhelmingly rich to finish, so I chose to move on often than not However, for those who move on regularly it would be important to re read as well This, especially since the images are as dense as the text, so when you are trying to make all the connections [...]

    6. I read a small excerpt of the small and wonderful book in Harpers and I immediately sought it out It is published by the small Calimari Press in NY, and I ordered it from their website since I could not find it at my local booksellers Miranda Mellis creates a post apocalyptic landscape that is all too relevant to today The main character is charged by the government to revised history as it is written The writing is very visual and engaging The accompanying illustrations perfectly compliment the [...]

    7. Its some kind of long prose poem It s like a Dylan song, where nothing quite makes sense but you get the feeling that it means something Ostensibly, its about someone hired to sit in an abandoned lighthouse to watch the weather changes and the nuclear fallout from some recent explosions and then to falsely report that everything is alright But then it involves a man being mistaken for a conch shell and later exploding, a seeing eye dog giving a lecture calledA Corpse Ate Death , and people turni [...]

    8. I tend to be drawn to books where the idea is better than the execution I do like the way that the illustrations in this book complement the text, rather than explicitly illustrate it There were glimmers and flashes of great language and imagery, but they weren t prolonged for the whole novella I am intrigued by Calamari Press, and I look forward to exploring some of their other titles.

    9. This Miranda Mellis s first book is so well crafted that it is an incredibly dense and amazing thing to behold Not a word out of place Not a mundane word standing in for a perfect word ever So good you should read it really.

    10. Miranda, o miraculous Flower This book s a wonder I m teachin it in the Spring, gonna blow those kiddies minds Love it.

    11. Seriously, wtf with this book I probably would not hate it nearly so much if I didn t have to write a paper on it This book really makes no sense at all.

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