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I’m almost finished reading a good novel by Steven Hall, Maxwell’s Demon (2021). Postmodern, and very Meta. Some fun facts about Entropy, angels, oxen, bees, Jewish gods and mysticism, and the Apocrypha along the way, which Hall integrates well throughout the narrative. I can hear echoes from Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, and Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds too, but this is really Hall’s show and his alone.
Boiled down, it’s a book about a writer’s search for a book, or two, or three. His search for a strange and reclusive writer of a debut masterpiece, who never published another novel again, though he may have written them. Sam Spade meets Salinger meets Pirandello meets Bart Ehrman, perhaps. Judging from the gap in publication dates between Hall’s own first novel (2013) and this one, there may be indirect echoes from real life here and there.
Following the triptych of my Shaman stories/images, here’s a new painting from a nearby universe: