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The Session : A Novella in Dialogue
by Aaron Petrovich

Overview - Fiction. Funny, frantic, and with a subversive intelligence, Aaron Petrovich's Keatonesque heroes, Detectives Smith and Smith, stumble upon a bizarre new religion while tracking a murder victim's stolen organs. Their investigation leads them into a lunatic asylum that they may never leave.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fiction. Funny, frantic, and with a subversive intelligence, Aaron Petrovich's Keatonesque heroes, Detectives Smith and Smith, stumble upon a bizarre new religion while tracking a murder victim's stolen organs. Their investigation leads them into a lunatic asylum that they may never leave. Written entirely in dialogue, Petrovich's pitch-perfect language, reminiscent of Beckett, Chandler, and Duras, elevates rapid-fire banter to a transformative musical litany. His characters, however, remain tragically and hysterically human.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780978910303
  • ISBN-10: 0978910303
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publish Date: April 2007
  • Page Count: 59


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 44.
  • Review Date: 2007-02-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Samuel Beckett fans might be briefly diverted by Akashic's first title under its Hotel St. George imprint, a novella consisting largely of dialogue between two detectives named Smith. The contentious pair is assigned to solve the murder of a mathematician whose organs have been removed. Over the course of their laconic conversation, they focus their suspicions on a new, possibly cannibalistic cult. Petrovich's execution doesn't quite match the ambition of his concept, while mainstream mystery readers may not appreciate the emphasis on language rather than action. Original monotypes by Vilem Benes add to the surreal mood. (Apr.)

 
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