- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394481410
- ISBN-13: 978-0394481418
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is full of great writing. Malzberg is funny and outrageous. He crafts some truly stunning descriptive passages as he takes us through Herovit's seedy, booze-soaked world. Two key figures in the book are the following: Kirk Poland, Herovit's pseudonym and alter-ego; and Mack Miller, the hero of the series of science fiction adventure novels that Herovit has written. Together Herovit, Poland and Miller form a sort of absurdist metafictional trinity. Interspersed throughout the text, in a different typeface, are excerpts from Herovit's latest Mack Miller novel-in-progress; it's a device used very effectively by Malzberg.
In this comic, tragic gem of a novel, Malzberg has done for disgruntled science fiction writers what Charles Bukowski does for disgruntled postal workers in "Post Office." The novel features intense interpersonal and internal conflict, as well as laceratingly cruel dialogue. Malzberg looks at the ugliest and most painful aspects of the human condition without flinching, and he deconstructs the science fiction world with both the precision of a forensic pathologist and the gusto of a serial killer. Nightmarish and bracing, "Herovit's World" is a stunning achievement by a truly remarkable writer.
Jonathan Herovit, successful author of ninety-two novels, has been going downhill for a long time--everybody knows it; his fans, his editor, his wife, himself. Even his alter ego, the pseudonym Kirk Poland knows it--Kirk Poland, who Herovit imagines to be everything Herovit is not, and who offers, finally, to step in and replace Herovit, and to get everything back on track again. Herovit can only avoid the lure of this kind of escape for so long, and soon enough, Poland is calling the shots--but is Herovit's life as easy to direct in reality as it seemed from the sidelines?
In many ways, HEROVIT'S WORLD reads as if Mr. Malzberg never really had a clue where he was going with it--just kept inserting paper into the typewriter, and whatever came to him next was what went into the novel. For me, this actually added to the charm of it--several times I thought I knew where it was going, and it took off in a completely different way.Read more ›
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Herovit's World - Barry N. Malzberg - [2014-05-09 SDF novel]
Credit author Malzberg for writing this wickedly enjoyable and well deserved put down of science fiction... Read more
Upon reading In the Enclosure (1973) I was immediately seduced by Barry N. Malzberg's metafictional brand of science fiction -- best illustrated by his masterpieces Beyond Apollo... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Mithridates VI of Pontus