Like a Buster Keaton Movie or a Time Bomb
Kevin Zambrano
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I’ve read Senselessness by him, and there the paranoid protagonist (as against a ranting one here) didn’t work a lot for me. I didn’t find that one ‘serious’ enough about taking on the title of being a political novel. When one has taken the task of not whining of the general vacuity of the 21st century (which Ben Lerner’s protagonists, or Joseph O’Neill’s in ‘The Dog’, do), the risks are greater, because the implicit politics is supposed to be more grounded (more classic, if you may). This politics, if unaddressed or addressed only through lampoons, leads to a vacuous work that has little chance of being counted as a novel symptomatic of this century and little chance of being accredited as a political novel.

I think I should simplify: I’ve a feeling that Moya is a political writer, and yet his novels are intent on making a parody of politics. I wonder if that is a great strategy.

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