From Nadir (""the pseudonym of a well-known North African writer,"" now living in France): an enigmatic metafiction, volume...

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THE ASTROLABE OF THE SEA

From Nadir (""the pseudonym of a well-known North African writer,"" now living in France): an enigmatic metafiction, volume one of a projected trilogy, in which the title object (a nautical instrument of calculation), recovered after centuries from the ocean depths by a shipwrecked sailor, ""tells"" a series of Oriental-flavored tales that mingle allegorical moralizing about endangered Arab cultures with racy, florid, anecdotes about ""giant bats, evil ogres and voracious succubi."" Neither the glimpsed presence of a hovering film crew nor the character of the ""novel's"" apparent protagonist is convincingly integrated into the fabric of a surpassingly strange work whose intentions we may hope will be clarified when said trilogy is completed.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 128

Publisher: City Lights

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996