From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3
collects the first three installments Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot
Baghostus s Run, and Atet A.D. of Nathaniel Mackey s genre-defying
work of fiction. A project that began over thirty years ago, From a
Broken Bottle is an epistolary novel that unfolds through N. s
intricate letters to the mysterious Angel of Dust. Unexpected,
profound happenings take place as N. delves into music and art and
the goings-on of his transmorphic Los Angeles-based jazz ensemble,
in which he is a composer and instrumentalist. This triple-set book
opens in July 1978 with a dream of a haunting Archie Shepp solo,
and closes in September 1982 in a parallactic studio recording
session on a glass-bottomed boat borne aloft by the music. The
fourth volume of Mackey s novel, Bass Cathedral also available from
New Directions was chosen by The New York Times as one of 100
Notable Books of 2008. But that it didn t end there
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