The Wake and the Manuscript

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Pub Date 15 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 04 Jan 2023
RDS Publishing, Anti-Oedipus Press

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In this brooding and obsessive novel, Ansgar Allen recounts the story of a nameless man who attends a funerary wake with no other distraction than papers that once belonged to the body on display. The deceased considered the papers to be his magnum opus, a text that unraveled everything he had been educated to accept, beginning with the spectre of religion—namely The Church of Christ, Scientist—and ending with the very fabric of educated, civilized thought. Allen’s protagonist thinks he’s above the conclusions drawn in the titular manuscript, but the blurred lines between what he reads and what he sees in himself incite an apocalypse of introspection. The result is a dark, labyrinthine attempt to diminish (and eventually annihilate) the memory of the man who came to rest on the table before him. Literary and existential, The Wake and the Manuscript explores the vagaries of death, identity, desire, and indoctrination as it (un)buries a history of delusion that speaks volumes about the human condition.

In this brooding and obsessive novel, Ansgar Allen recounts the story of a nameless man who attends a funerary wake with no other distraction than papers that once belonged to the body on display...


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I am not sure how to describe this novel but I do recommend it! It’s really well written and captures fascinating philosophical ideas almost off-hand, an interesting premise and characters make this a compelling read.

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this was a interesting concept for a fiction, I was invested in what was going on and enjoyed how well the world was crafted. It worked so well, Ansgar Allen does a great job in writing this tale and I was invested in what was happening. I look forward to read more from the author.

"To become educated is to become sick. That is my basic hypothesis, he repeated as I sat in the leather chair wondering how long this would last. I should apologise, he said to me, for not having all the necessary sources at my disposal."

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