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Radiant Terminus Paperback – February 14, 2017
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"Life or death? Dream or reality? Antoine Volodine destroys these binaries with the force of a nuclear meltdown."—Rachel S. Cordasco, World Literature Today
"Jeffrey Zuckerman?s translation excels in setting a mood of discomfort partly rooted in the text?s radical semantic instability, while simultaneously lending the prose haunting cadences."—Geoff Shullenberger, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Radiant Terminus is a compelling and consistently engaging read from cover to cover and highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections, as well as the personal reading lists of science fiction enthusiasts."—Pault T. Vogel, The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Antoine Volodine (a.k.a. Lutz Bassmann, a.k.a. Manuela Draeger) is the primary pseudonym of a French writer who has published more than 40 books, over 20 under this name. Seven of his titles are currently available in English translation, including Minor Angels, Bardo or Not Bardo, and Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven.
Jeffrey Zuckerman is digital editor of Music & Literature. His writing and translations have appeared in Best European Fiction, 3:AM Magazine, The Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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While dealing with time in a circular fashion so that those previously dead are alive again, and attempting to manipulate people's dreams so that the character never knows if they are in their own dream, someone else's dream, or awake is certainly difficult subject matter, several parts of the book were tedious and redundant. Each time a character entered a different state, the author described it all over again. There were simply too many details. Do the readers really want to know exactly what is being fed to the nuclear reactor core each time Gramma feeds it?
Volodine went to great lengths to ensure the reader doesn't confuse his writing with sci-fi or any other genre. He wants it to be called post-exotic fiction as one of his characters, a writer, makes clear at the end, and as he mentions throughout the novel. Apparently, this is an emerging genre and it seems you must be one of the cogno senti to fully appreciate it.
It would be easy to write this novel off as the rantings of a madman, but Volodine is far too clever to be called a madman. For those with the patience to enter this dreamworld, it's a fascinating place.