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The Man Who Would Not Bow

Grand Iota | Fall 2021

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Praise for The Man Who Would Not Bow

In Melnyczuk’s wonderful new novel, Jonathan Wainwright immediately charms the reader with his brilliant literary observations and insights, but what really steals the heart is that it comes on a wave of adolescent angst we all recognize–hormones and family problems and pop culture fuel this difficult journey while great and sometimes forgotten literary voices educate and shine light on his young and vulnerable heart.

Jill McCorkle

Askold Melnyczuk¬†fascinates me with his cartography, mapping the contours of consciousness and spirit across the centuries.¬†The spectrum of his sensibilities always delights and seduces, or provokes and puzzles. Like his Ukrainian forbearer Gogol, Melnyczuk can summon forth the grotesqueries of continental mysticism, and switch lenses to deliver his readers into a contemporary DeLillo-esque realm of cold but metaphysically ambiguous realism. He’s a literary chameleon, and irresistible.

Bob Shacochis