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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 Stan
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 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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Rick
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, humour, noir
The Made-up Man is a disjointed work of fiction in the genre existential noir. The protagonist Stanley is a confused and depressed individual who decides to take a break from his current meaningless life. The Made-up Man is Joseph Scapellato’s debut novel.

Stanley is a 29-year-old Polish-American who drops out of grad school in archaeology. He is having difficulty with his girlfriend T to whom he proposes and she says no. Stanley now feels lost, so he accepts an offer from his uncle Lech to trave
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Kathleen
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
My review for the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifest...

In “The Simple Art of Murder,” his 1950 essay on the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction, Raymond Chandler writes that the figure of the detective “must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor.”

In his debut novel, an experimental and existential noir called “The Made-Up Man,” Joseph Scapellato offers readers a detective who is a confused ma
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Jan 09, 2019 added it
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I am not the target audience. Navel-gazing at it's most affected. Received this book in a GoodReads giveaway. Did not know what an existential noir is even without the inclusion of absurdist comedy. Don't know what that is either. This book and it's characters, storyline, etc. come across as elitist. I don't like anyone here, they all seem awful in their own individual ways - who knew there were so many ways to be unlikable. Rather than seeming to be a man with a foot in both worlds, Stanley is ...more
Justin Hall
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First thanks to fsgbooks for getting myself and the @drunkbookpod set up with this book! Now for my #endtablebookreview !!
What an wild ride. Joseph had me at his first book #biglonesome and this new novel does not disappoint! Stanley thinks he is just house sitting in Prague but he is really a part of a terrifying art installation of his uncles creation. He keeps running into made up men and some made up women made up to be men made up to be women.(prett good example of the book in that sentence
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Angela Ablaberdieva
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
Caleb Michael Sarvis
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review coming to the Drunken Book Review Podcast.
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I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review.

The premise of this book was very intriguing.
Stanley, an archaeology graduate dropout, decided to take his uncle Lech's offer to apartment-sit for him at Prague knowing that he will be the main star of his uncle's next performance art project.
I can't bring myself to like this book or any of the characters. The decisions and actions Stanley made throughout the book were very confusing and baseless. He just seems depress
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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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