Readers on ‘The Major Refutation’

“With a stirring echo of florid baroque language, The Major Refutation calls in the prominent personages of the day, and implicates the state, merchant bankers, and the Church in the creation and perpetuation of the myth of the new world.”  – (roughghosts)

“… a glorious book about dupes & dupers.” – (Joseph McElroy, email correspondence)

“… a book of fictional invention masquerading as historical artifact, further masquerading as scholarly treatise. It never flinches, it has not one single tell that it is anything but what it appears to be: a 16th century work…'” – (Ronald Morton)

“… more ingenious and creative than most books being published these days […] It reads like something William H. Gass or Alexander Theroux may have written […] I enjoyed the outlandish erudition on display.” – (Steven Moore, correspondence + etc)

“I assume that everyone wishes literature were just vituperative rants saturated in scholastic detail, but devoid of characters, plot, and description. Voilà: The Major Refutation… The project itself, the skeptical assault on events we know to have been real, is genuinely discomforting. Readers of texts like this tend to pride ourselves on our skepticism and our doubting; here, the skepticism is gloriously productive of insults and scorn, and the insults and scorn are often well-deserved, but ultimately we, the readers, know that the skepticism was misplaced. Is ours, too, misplaced?” – (Justin Evans)

“… brilliant… very learned…” – (The Modern Novel)

“Don’t miss it; it is one of the Major Novels of ’17 […] seriously folks, any list of Novels of ’17 which don’t feature [Fragments of Lichtenberg or The Major Refutation], you can just tell that List to fuck off. Right here, this is what novels look like.” – (Nathan N.R. Gaddis)

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To buy a copy, I recommend using either Powell’s or The Book Depository. Or ask your local library to acquire it. Did you know most libraries allow patrons to request acquisitions in this way? Also, there is interlibrary loan.

Here is the publisher page (Contra Mundum Press), with a link to a substantial chunk of the text, readable now online.

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  • It may be cold comfort Jacob, but my review of The Major Refutation has the second highest number of views for a newly published review on my blog for this year. (Of course it shows up as the second entry when you Google search it too.) I think I opted to write about it on my blog assuming it would get coverage elsewhere…

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    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks for that information about the pageview stats; I certainly wouldn’t have suspected as much. (And thanks, again, for your review; I know how time-consuming it can be to try to distill a book’s essence.)

      best wishes,
      Jacob

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