Poetry. Robert Gal is one of the freshest voices to come from Prague over the past few years. His writing is a mix of philosophy and prose poetry that explores the tenuousness of one's identity and existence. Ironical in his outlook, Gal's aim with this volume is to bring the great Romanian philosopher E. M. Cioran into the present in the same way that John Zorn, whose music provided the impetus for writing this book, brought Ornette Coleman into the present with Spy Vs. Spy. This volume is a composition of aphorisms, longer and shorter fragments of thought, and the photographs of Lucia Nimcova, which were taken specifically for this collection.
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Like Cioran and more writerly philosophers such as Nietzsche, Gál is a poet in the true sense of the word. -- Travis Jeppesen (author of Victims)
The writing of Mr. Gál is very good ... Each page will have you talking to yourself. -- The Muse Apprentice Guild
[A]pt and interesting use of the aphorism ... a worthwhile read. -- The Absinthe Literary Review, summer 2003
[T]he whole thing is a rant -- fragmented, sometimes distraught, sometimes peaceful. -- NewPages.com, August 11, 2003
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