By Felipe Alfau
The interconnected stones that shape Felipe Alfau's novel LOCOS ensue in a Madrid as unique because the Baghdad of the 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS and have unforgettable characters in insurrection opposed to their younger 'author' "For them", he complains, "reality is what fiction is to actual humans; they only like it and make for it opposed to ray nearly heroic competition" Alfau's "comedy of gestures" -- a mercurial dreamscape of the eccentric, occasionally felony, habitues of Toledo's Cafe of the loopy -- was once written in English and primary released in 1936, favorably reviewed for The state via Mary McCarthy, as she recounts the following in her Afterword, then lengthy ignored.
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