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Men and Apparitions by Lynne Tillman

Men And Apparitions

Lynne Tillman

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Imprint: Peninsula Press Ltd
Publisher: Peninsula Press Ltd
Publication date: 29 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781913512002
3 stars out of 5
14 Nov 2020

"Prepare for mansplaining littered with tedious verbal tics, which is oddly compelling to read"

Working at the frontier of fiction and criticism, Lynne Tillman is admired for smuggling theory into novels. As well as references from Walter Benjamin to Susan Sontag, the final quarter of the book is a draft of Zeke’s thesis, MEN IN QUOTES, a parody of ethnography that is thick with solipsism and thin on method. Although the switch in form is jarring, and not altogether successful, Zeke’s respondents do speak to troubling episodes from earlier in the novel. Modern men may ‘not always think of women as equals, or treat them as equals’, one source says, but ‘they’re certainly aware that they’re supposed to’. 

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