Just when it seemed that only scientists cared to keep the literary essay alive, along comes an obscure translator and dramatist to make the form crackle and sparkle again.
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The Book Of Elaborations

Nonfiction by Oscar Mandel

The art of the informal essay finds elegant voice in Oscar Mandel’s The Book of Elaborations. Like Montaigne before him, Mandel examines the antic mind of his fellow men, vain, various, and ever-changing, and its peculiar manifestations in an age that embraces ugliness and irrationality. The sixteen pieces in the collection are, literally, “elaborations”––discursive, associative, meditative––of the author’s earlier lyric poems and epigrams, arranged by him to move in an easy way from the autobiographical to matters more general and abstract.

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Paperback (published November 1, 1987)

ISBN
9780811210232
Price US
12.95

Clothbound (published November 1, 1987)

ISBN
9780811209625
Price US
17.95
Page Count
320

Oscar Mandel

20th Century Belgian writer

Just when it seemed that only scientists cared to keep the literary essay alive, along comes an obscure translator and dramatist to make the form crackle and sparkle again.
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…rational discourse that exercises the reader's mental muscles as surely as the rowing machine strains the biceps.
—Yaffa Draznin, Los Angeles Times