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By Mark Dunn

From the award-winning and hugely acclaimed writer of Ella Minnow Pea comes Mark Dunn's such a lot formidable novel up to now. American Decameron tells 100 tales, every one happening in a special yr of the 20 th century.

A lady in Galveston is born at the eve of a very good typhoon and the sunrise of the twentieth century. Survivors of the Lusitania are unintentionally reunited within the North Atlantic. A member of the Bonus military locate himself head to head with common MacArthur. A failed author makes an attempt to finish his existence at the Golden Gate Bridge till an unforeseen heroine involves his rescue, and at the doorstep of a brand new millennium, because the clock moves twelve, the level is decided for a beautiful denouement because the American century converges upon itself in a Greenwich nursing domestic, tying jointly the entire earlier stories and the final 100 years.

Zany and affecting, deeply relocating and wildly hilarious, American Decameron is one America's strongest voices on the most sensible its game.

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29 By the beginning of the twentieth century, St Petersburg could match any other European capital for elegance and refinement. Its cultural life was greatly enriched by contact with Paris, Vienna and Berlin, cities to which there were fast train connections, and Russian society opened up still further following the 1905 Revolution, which led to an easing of censorship. The ascendancy at this time of the Mariinsky Theatre, which was beginning to hold its own with the world’s leading opera houses, with appearances by singers and conductors from abroad and a superb native company, is emblematic.

But this fails to notice his continued Cubism during the war, notably in the Seated Man of 1916; his exhibition of the Demoiselles in 1916; and most particularly his Cubist costumes for Parade in 1917, let alone the animated Cubism of his work for Le tricorne in 1919. Convincing though Silver’s view may be for many French artists, it hardly applies to the fast-becoming-French but expatriate figure of Stravinsky, whose move towards classicism of all kinds must, I think, be explained in terms of a religious conservatism.

Stravinsky is very like Picasso in the same period, who moved from the prewar primitivism of the Demoiselles and the ‘analytic’ or ‘hermetic’ cubist style, through collage towards (by 1915) a far more accessible ‘synthetic’ mode, full of Harlequins and clowns, and then beyond that, to an Ingreslike reproductive classicism (just as in Pulcinella), which can be seen in his portrait of Stravinsky – and in his portraits of Diaghilev ballerinas, one of whom (Olga Kokhlova) he married. 28 Origins and contexts Stravinsky’s surprising contribution to this regressive Harlequinade (once more to meet the theatrical demands of Diaghilev) was the (re)composition of Pulcinella from work originally attributed to Pergolesi, with costume designs by Picasso.

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