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The Man Who Would Not Bow

Grand Iota | Fall 2021

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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