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i love deconstruction!,
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This review is from: To the Hermitage (Paperback)
Malcolm Bradbury's novel, To the Hermitage deliberately binds together different ways of writing to be self-consciously postmodern. He's writing against the totalising concept of Enlightenment Reason, hence the fragmentary nature of the novel, and manages to do so in a highly entertaining way.
The story is an interesting and lively read, working on many different levels. The story of the narrator going to Russia in the Diderot project, is nicely interwoven with the tale of Diderot (then). This break in the narrative is deliberately postmodern, and does little to disrupt the story.
Intertextuality is a strong theme in the novel, 'books breed books', and Roland Barthes' 'death of the author', are a main feature, with a little Foucault thrown in for good measure. Again, this doesn't disrupt the entertaining aspect of the novel, but adds to it. Both tales are engaging, and there are many funny moments, as well as some poignant ones too.
Even if you aren't a fan of postmodernism, there should be enough here to entertain, as well as to make you think.