By Robin Sloan
From Robin Sloan, writer of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the tale of Mr. Penumbra’s first journey to San Francisco—and of the way he acquired entangled with the city’s most unique always-open enterprise…
It is August 1969. The summer season of affection is a fading reminiscence. The streets of San Francisco pulse to the sounds of Led Zeppelin and Marvin Gaye. And of jackhammers: A futuristic pyramid of a skyscraper is emerging a number of blocks from urban lighting fixtures book shop and an remarkable subway tunnel is being equipped lower than the bay. in the meantime, south of the town, orchards are fast giving technique to a brand-new outfitted on silicon.
But younger Ajax Penumbra has no longer arrived in San Francisco searching for unfastened love or a glimpse of the technological destiny. he's looking a book—the unmarried surviving reproduction of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious quantity that has introduced and misplaced nice fortune for a person who has owned it. The final list of the ebook locates it within the San Francisco of greater than a century previous, and on that scant little bit of facts, Penumbra’s college has dispatched him west to obtain it for his or her library. After a couple of weeks of rigorous searching, Penumbra feels no toward his aim than while he all started. yet past due one evening, after one other day of dispiriting useless ends, he stumbles throughout a 24-hour bookshop, and the chances sooner than him extend exponentially.
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Wordsworthian Romanticism). The principles that underlie the abundant energy and liberty of Don Juan are so deeply embedded in the work and its era, however, that they require careful attention to discover. Byron's ostensible appeal in his attack on the Lake Poets was to earlier norms of poetic achievement, but as is often the case with disputes over the content of the canon, his emphasis on the validity of Augustan values and method was a blind for more subversive, less socially acceptable innovations in poetic form and content.
Where Romantic works of fantasy such as Peter Bell, The Witch of Atlas, Lamia and Frankenstein pose no real threat to the hegemony of novelistic mimesis, Don Juan profoundly challenges it. 16 By revising the crafty Don and his voracious appetite as Juan, whose leading characteristic is not his sexual insatiability but rather his susceptibility to emotion, the poem focuses attention on the structural function of the hero, thereby detracting significantly from our sense of his internal drive towards greatness, his 'heroism'.
Don Juan, one notices, is remarkable as a fantasy more for its consistent inclusion of the law of the father than for the exclusion of the oppressive patriarch. The poem offers an account of the psyche that goes beyond the death of the father to elaborate the lived experience of mutually exclusive gendered fantasies, fantasies variously arrayed in positions ranging from the obliviously coterminous to the expressly and mortally confrontational. Don Juan presents gender as historically specific, politically charged and socially constructed, and it addresses itself as much to women as to men.