Mackey’s major prose project is an experiment in serial fiction called From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. It feels, sentence to sentence and page to page, like a work in the act of being created. It is not simply writing about jazz, but writing as jazz… There is a cliché about music writing, sometimes attributed to Thelonious Monk, among others: ‘ Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’ If so, Nathaniel Mackey is compelled, rather than deterred, by the multiform madness of the enterprise. he is the Balanchine of the architecture dance.

—David Hajdu, New York Times

The great American jazz novel of such exquisite rhythmic lyricism (Bookforum) by National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Mackey.

From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate

Fiction by Nathaniel Mackey

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Paperback (published July 30, 2010)

ISBN
9780811218443
Price US
19.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
572

Nathaniel Mackey

Contemporary American poet

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Mackey’s major prose project is an experiment in serial fiction called From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. It feels, sentence to sentence and page to page, like a work in the act of being created. It is not simply writing about jazz, but writing as jazz… There is a cliché about music writing, sometimes attributed to Thelonious Monk, among others: ‘ Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’ If so, Nathaniel Mackey is compelled, rather than deterred, by the multiform madness of the enterprise. he is the Balanchine of the architecture dance.

—David Hajdu, New York Times