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Blue: A Novel / Zucker, Benjamin., 2000

Identifier: CC-34667-36368

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Scope and Contents

In the New York Times Book Review, William Ferguson writes, "Benjamin Zucker's first novel, Blue, is at once a spiritual challenge and a gorgeous typographic object. Echoing the style of the Talmud, the book presents a continuing narrative in the center of each right-hand page, where a passage from the Mishna - ancient commentary on the Torah - would ordinarily be placed...The central story is wreathed with commentaries, including those of Abe's mother and father, the impatient Rachel and a host of others both living and dead: Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Chief Crazy Horse, Modigliani, Isaac Luria, Bob Dylan, and dozens more. Their remarks all begin with a word or phrase taken from the main text; the words attributed to them are a mixture of direct quotation, in italics, and the author's expertly constructed inventions of what they might have said. The left-hand pages all bear illustrations - dazzling reproductions of Vermeers and Van Goghs, photographs of Kafka, Talmudic texts - that preside over the profusion of stories, judgments and opinions on the facing pages. More than a novel, "Blue" may in fact be a collective meditation on character." -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 2000



0 See container summary (1 hard cover book in dust jacket) : illustrations (mostly color) ; 29 x 22.4 x 3 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

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Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: New York : Overlook Press. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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