The Fabrications


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6.0 X 1.13 X 9.0 inches | 1.76 pounds
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About the Author

Baret Magarian is of Armenian extraction, from London, and lives in Florence. He specializes in teaching creative writing and travel writing in Florence. In London he was a freelance journalist and contributed articles to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph. He has interviewed such diverse figures as Peter Ustinov, the brilliant actor-director and raconteur, John Calder, iconoclastic publisher of eighteeen Nobel prize winners, and Salman Rushdie, the celebrated novelist. He has worked as a lecturer, translator, fringe theatre director, actor and nude model. He is also a composer of piano music that is in the vein of Jarrett and Alkan and draws on the tonalities of Armenian music. His fiction has appeared in World Literature Today, Journal of Italian Translation, White Fly Press, The Sandspout, and Sagarana. His most cherished dream is that his writing might be a conductor and transmitter of light. Please contact him here: [email protected]


"The Fabrications is a brilliant achievement. The novel is extremely original, ambitious and accomplished. What I liked most about it - what seemed to be the most audacious coup that it pulled off - was the way it has so much to say about contemporary life and culture, without at any point descending to the level of journalism. There's a delicious unreality about the narrative and the characters and yet, somehow along the way Magarian manages to skewer the British Turner prize and the broadsheets' letters pages and any number of other, bigger satirical targets. The tone is wonderfully deadpan, the comedy beautifully underplayed...
The novel is also at times reminiscent of the films of Federico Fellini: in the grand set-pieces, the exuberant party scenes, and the picaresque sense of an amoral hero adrift in a large city (Oscar Babel reminded me of Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita) ... Ultimately, Magarian uses his fiction to pose some of the biggest, most complex questions about life. The themes which excite him are permanent and universal. How does one live with the passage of time, the transience of things? Can our desires ever be satisfied? How can one live a complete, meaningful life? Like all the best writers and thinkers, Magarian knows that you cannot paint an accurate portrait of the world without recognizing its essential, desperate absurdity... The Fabrications aims high, unblushingly seeking out the company of the modern European masters." Jonathan Coe, author of Number Eleven, The House of Sleep and The Winshaw Legacy

"Never more prescient than in our post-fact world--in which reality TV show figures who never read books but watch endless hours of television hold the highest political offices in the land, The Fabrications' satire is spot on...a tour de force of the literary imagination....It's a wondrous novel both cleverly satirical of our spectacle-based society and philosophically profound, a rare accomplishment." Lee Foust, The Florence News

San Francisco Book Review, 5 starts, "Smart, witty, and honest" -https: //

Seattle Book Review, 5 starts, "delightfully absurd" - https: //

Kirkus Review, 5 stars, "A resplendent tale" - THE FABRICATIONS

Interview in Tethered by Letters - https: //

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Woca The Source Radio interview -https: //