Brian Evenson on Stephen Marche’s Shining at the Bottom of the Sea
Shining at the Bottom of the Sea
by Stephen Marche
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Shining at the Bottom of the Sea, the second novel by Stephen Marche, purports to be a compendium of Sanjanian literature, Sanjania being “little more than an invisible dot in the middle of the North Atlantic, almost in danger of becoming a phantom island.” Introduced by a scholar named Stephen Marche, this “anthology” illustrates Sanjanian literary development over several hundred years, from the distribution of pirate narratives and morality tales in the eighteenth century, to fiction’s engagement with the struggles of the colony under British rule, to the flowering of narrative that came with Sanjanian independence in the postcolonial era.
The stories themselves are sometimes slight, pastiches of styles and modes that have little to recommend them besides their literary-historical value. “Pigeon Blackhat”
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