The Book of Elaborations (Paperback)


By Oscar Mandel

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811210232, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 1987

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Like Montaigne before him, Mandel examines the antic mind of his fellowmen, vain, various, and ever-changing, and its peculiar manifestations in an age that embraces ugliness and irrationality. The sixteen pieces in the collection are, literally, 'elaborations'--discursive, associative, meditative--of the author's earlier lyric poems and epigrams, arranged by him to move in an easy way from the autobiographical to matters more general and abstract.