By Fazil Iskander
The tale of the comedian adventures of Uncle Sandro levels from the Eighties to the Nineteen Sixties and satirizes lifestyles in a small village less than Soviet domination.
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14 Immediately after this point in the story Lupescu quotes from a quotation - 'Mistah Kurtz - he dead', which Eliot uses as epigraph to 'The Hollow Men'. These complex allusions transform the text of 'Mortality and Mercy' into a kind of palimpsest, teasing the reader's sense of familiarity and creating increasingly ambiguous effects. Is Pynchon, for instance, setting up meaningful connections with past texts, or are these cases of intellectual party chitchat? Because of such uncertainty the allusions resemble gestures towards referents which are never fixed.
Like Adams at the time of composing the book, Callisto is living in Washington. Both describe themselves in the third person; both are attempting to articulate the cultural implications The Short Stories 41 of modern scientific theory; both are particularly impressed by Willard Gibbs who was, according to Adams, 'the greatest of Americans, judged by his rank in science' Y Adams, for a variety of temperamental and biographical reasons, adopts a passive stance (hence his use of the third person) and continually mocks his own ineffectuality.
Has the transfer of heat ceased to work? Is there no more .. " He did not finish' (97-8). Verbal communication could be regarded as a kind of transfer (d. definition 3 of 'entropy'), and as Callisto's uncertainty grows he in turn becomes more rambling and incoherent. As a means of self-explanation or as a means of communicating with Aubade, his words become useless. With the death of the bird, like Beckett's Hamm, he lapses into silence. The passage quoted above indicates that the First WorId War is seen as a cultural watershed by Callisto.
Sandro of Chegem by Fazil Iskander