Thursday, January 22, 2009

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya

Wow! I am not really sure what to say about the short novel Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. The novel is about a man who, fleeing his own country due to political persecution, is hired to edit a report on the atrocities committed against the native peoples by the army of a neighboring country. The entire book is a crazy, ranting stream of consciousness constructed out of pages of run-on sentences. And yet, it is magnificent. The horror of what was done and the narrator's reaction is made darkly humorous in a deeply disturbing way. I enjoyed this little novel and would recommend it to any serious reader.


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