The Interrogative Mood

Author(s): Padgett Powell


Precise and beautiful, intimate and hilarious, you will never have read anything quite like it. "If Duchamp or maybe Magritte wrote a novel it might look something like this remarkable little book of Padgett Powell's: immensely readable, ingenious, witty, and ultimately important-feeling in a way you can't quite describe but don't need to". (Richard Ford). Are your emotions pure? Are your nerves adjustable? How do you stand in relation to the potato? Should it still be Constantinople? Does a nameless horse make you more nervous or less nervous than a named horse? In your view, do children smell good?...Does your doorbell ever ring? Is there sand in your craw? Is it a novel? Whatever it is, "The Interrogative Mood" is stubbornly memorable. Through a seemingly random but infinitely artful series of questions, this small masterpiece mysteriously, elusively, hilariously, compellingly lights up life.


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"'An extraordinary book... a celebration of the human need to understand, which makes it life-affirming. Fresh and funny, it reminded me of the work of that other playful miniaturist, Nicholson Baker.' - (Adrian Turpin, Financial Times) 'Lyrical, profound, heartbreaking and fantastically funny, it becomes, as the questions pile up, a compendious and intimate portrait of the questioner' - (Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times)"

Padgett Powell is a novelist whose Edisto (to be published by Serpent's Tail) was nominated for the US National Book Award. He teaches writing at the University of Florida.

General Fields

  • : 9781846683671
  • : Serpent's Tail Limited
  • : Serpent's Tail Limited
  • : October 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Padgett Powell
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 176