His stories are lapidary, fabulistic
, often allegorical, and have been praised by, among others, Lydia Davis, with whom he participated in a PEN panel.
Yet after the fatwa, Yadav contends, both Rushdie and defenders of the novel sought to downplay the historical context of these sequences in favor of their fabulistic
Indeed, according to Rocco Capozzi (2013: 303) in his L'iper-romanzo di Calvino ed Eco: Molteplicita, enciclopedia e poetica deU'eccesso, writing, for both Eco and Calvino, means rewriting "il gia fatto, detto e scritto" from a linguistic, fabulistic
, structural, and combinatorial perspective.
Whether one is discussing Mofolo's historical, transitional and ethnocentric narrative in Chaka, the romantic pastoral convention in Pitseng or the fabulistic
, allegorical pilgrimage in Traveller to the East, he remains an important author who is patently a predecessor to succeeding generations of new authors such as Zakes Mda, Njabulo Ndebele, Patrick Bereng and L.
It is more varied in that it travels genetically from stock-standard realism ('A Wide Runner'), through Gothic ('The House of an Old Woman'), Kafkaesque surrealism ('The Block'), blackly ironic parody ('Roofsliding'), the fabulistic
('The Habits of Rats'), internal monologue (the title story), even kunstlernovelle (a self-reflexive story about Cezanne, 'Te joueur').
literature of Spain's nascent imperial age fired the conquistadors' lust for lucre.
whose sole New Zealand referent is a minor New Zealand character who appears momentarily two or three times, and which is set, strictly speaking, nowhere, or at least nowhere we can literally go to--its first part in some fabulistic
English never-never-land which features a fourth-dimensional other-world that comes and goes, the rest in California and 'Lequama', an imaginary South American country which has undergone a rebellion like Nicaragua's.
But these two extraordinary works offer, in their very different ways--the one superficially fabulistic
, the other superficially science-fictional--comic, formally audacious and ferocious artistic responses to the encroachments and contradictions of late late capitalism.
He hews his narrative to a "one-step-beyond" style, in which the fabulistic
world he creates is only, for most of the book, one step beyond the everyday lived reality of mid-twentieth century England.
A strain of dark playfulness runs through this issue, as exemplified in Andrew Joron's stunning abecedarium and Joshua Marie Wilkinson's fabulistic
"A Saint among the Stragglers' Beds." Perhaps these works signal our entrance into a cautiously hopeful space, one in which wars might end and economies might begin to recover.
Masquerading as a pop-culture parody, this grab-bag of philosophical meditation, fabulistic
narrative, and social commentary focuses on a problem that is cosmological in the ancient sense of the term--the need to understand the cosmos and one's place in it.