The Architecture of Song extract   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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  • Author's note: 'An architectural draughtsman, I have sustained an interest in the influence of architecture upon fiction in essays (Crew, 1992, 2001, 2009), short stories (Crew 2004), and novels (Crew 1999, 2001, 2009). The creative extract attached is from an unpublished novel entitled The Architecture of Song in which the protagonist, Augustus, a dwarf, emerges from the womb-like space beneath his mother's Laurentian piano to re-construct a variety of architectural sites using the poetics of song. Extending Heidegger's concept of the 'poetically constructed man', the extract suggests that such a character has the poetic means to 'reconstruct' persons, even as Augustus alters the character of Rosa, and ultimately, as the entire novel reveals, through the employment of the poetics of his sublime voice, to reconstruct 'the temple' of his own dwarfish body in a celebration of self.'

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