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Rabindranath Maharaj delivers a novel of ideas that holds its literary influences on its sleeve

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Adjacentland

Rabindranath Maharaj

Buckrider Books

RABINDRANATH MAHARAJ’S new novel, though flawed, is a fiercely imaginative, powerfully written meditation on storytelling, uncertainty, identity, and time. Maharaj, the Trinidadian- Canadian author of The Amazing Absorbing Boy (which won the Trillium Book Award and the Toronto Book Award), is a talented and at times poetic writer whose referential style is rooted in psychological realism but gleefully borrows from a range of forms including comic books, pulp-fiction novels, and low-budget cinema.

The story begins with a nameless narrator recalling the day he awoke in a strange room located within a series of buildings identified only as the Compound, with no memory of who he is or why he is there. His room is outfitted with an escritoire, cash, pens, a bamboo boomerang, and reams of onion-skin paper featuring charcoal drawings of scenes and characters that are simultaneously strange and vaguely familiar to the narrator. From there, we follow the narrator as he wanders the grounds of the Compound and documents the people and weird entities he encounters, characters that pervade Adjacentland’s Möbius strip of a plot.

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