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Smiles On Washington Square

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In this, his fifth novel in English (and its first paperback edition), the acclaimed French-born writer and poet, Raymond Federman, has given us the bittersweet tale of Moinous and Sucette who fall in love "across a smile" in Washington Square.
Smiles on Washington Square is a charming and complex novel. With the masterful ease of a tightrope walker, Federman plays with our sense of time and space as he creates, with extraordinary compassion, a tale that makes us see our own vulnerability and worthiness. Stylistically, his links to Beckett are evident in the stripped down prose, the remarkable symbolism and word games, and in his focus on the downtrodden and inarticulate cast-aways of an industrialized world.
Ultimately, Smiles on Washington Square is a book that teaches us there is no easy story, no safe entrance, no line of action not fraught with obstacles and humiliation; but finally, in the face of the inevitable disappointment of the human condition, Federman shows us how sweet possibility is.


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January 1995 : USA Paperback

Title: Smiles on Washington Square (A Love Story of Sorts)
Author(s): Raymond Federman
ISBN: 1-55713-181-3 / 978-1-55713-181-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sun & Moon Press
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October 1985 : USA Paperback

Title: Smiles on Washington Square: A Love Story of Sorts (Tmp Contemporary Fiction Series)
Author(s): Raymond Federman
ISBN: 0-938410-29-6 / 978-0-938410-29-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Pr
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