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Existential noir meets absurd comedy when a young man reluctantly enlists as source material for an art project

Stanley had known it was a mistake to accept his uncle Lech's offer to apartment-sit in Prague--he'd known it was one of Lech's proposals, a thinly veiled setup for some invasive, potentially dangerous performance art project. But whatever Lech had planned for Sta
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Farrar Straus and Giroux
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Meike
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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In many ways, Scapellato's debut novel isn't unlike "The Third Hotel", but while Van den Berg meditates about impulse, intuition and the subconscious, this author walks the line between art and the artifical. Our narrator is a 29-year-old Polish-American named Stanley who just dropped out of grad school for archaeology and is "on a break" with his mysteriously named girlfriend T after he proposed to her and she said no. While he has obviously never been the most determined human being there is, ...more
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Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Note: I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.
This book follows Stanley, a onetime archaeology student, as he apartment sits for his Uncle Lech in Prague. Uncle Lech happens to be an unethical performance artist; hijinks ensue. When I started reading, I was sure I wasn't going to be able to make it all the way through. Scapellato, the author, has an MFA, and his writing is a bit... let's say "intellectual." However, as I continued reading, I found myself warming up to his sty
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Leah
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the different writing style, and overall think the characters are well written, but this book didn't really do it for me. I had no idea what existential noir is, but thought the synopsis sounded good. I guess I was expecting a little more to happen with the main character and I just don't really "get" all the performance art or what the point of it was, Lech just seems like a weirdo to me. It's definitely a creative story and I think will appeal to others that like stories in this genr ...more
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Joseph Scapellato is the author of the story collection BIG LONESOME (2017) and the novel THE MADE-UP MAN (2019).

His work appears in North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, Unsaid, and other magazines, and has been anthologized in Gigantic Books' Gigantic Worlds and &NOW's Best Innovative Writing.

Joseph teaches as an assistant professor in the Creative Writing program at Buck
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