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Dead Reckoning
Transatlantic Passages on Europe and America
Dead Reckoning
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Andrei Guruianu - Author
Anthony Di Renzo - Author
Excelsior Editions
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Paperback - 230 pages
Release Date: May 2016
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6112-0

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A poet and essayist attempt to find their bearings in a civilization lost at sea.

Dead reckoning is the nautical term for calculating a ship’s position using the distance and direction traveled rather than instruments or astronomical observation. For those still recovering from the atrocities of the twentieth century, however, the term has an even grimmer meaning: toting up the butcher’s bill of war and genocide.

As its title suggests, Dead Reckoning is an attempt to find our bearings in a civilization lost at sea. Conducted in the shadow of the centennial of the First World War, this dialogue between Romanian American poet Andrei Guruianu and Italian American essayist Anthony Di Renzo asks whether Western culture will successfully navigate the difficult waters of the new millennium or shipwreck itself on the mistakes of the past two centuries. Using historical and contemporary examples, they explore such topics as the limitations of memory, the transience of existence, the futility of history, and the difficulties of making art and meaning in the twenty-first century.

“The authors share a certain provocativeness, but their paragraphs are phrased so deftly and persuasively, that even where one disagrees, one is compelled to think with care through their arguments and come to grips with them.” — Italian Americana

Dead Reckoning pilots readers through the purgatory of immigration, a painful sea voyage that with enough courage and hard work can lead through the narrow channel facing paradise: spiritual and material success. Charting the currents between the Old and New Worlds, Andrei Guruianu and Anthony Di Renzo write with the ferocious genius of Pope and Swift and the compassionate heart of Saint Nicholas, patron of sailors and guardian of ports.” — Emanuel di Pasquale, author of The Ocean’s Will

“In the space of the passage from immigrant to citizen in a new home, things fall apart to an apparent nothingness. Guruianu and Di Renzo ask us to consider a brave creativity as an answer for the space where systems fall apart, so that it can be a place where things grow in a reverence for the need to live, to love, to have community, and to be truly free.” — Afaa M. Weaver, author of City of Eternal Spring

“A lovely, seductive, original book.” — Thomas G. Pavel, author of The Lives of the Novel: A History

Andrei Guruianu teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. His previous books include the poetry collections Made in the Image of Stones and Portrait without a Mouth. Anthony Di Renzo is Associate Professor of Writing at Ithaca College and the author of many books, including Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and Ethnicity from the Imperial Kitchen, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

TO THE READER

I. MEMORY, YOU SAVAGE TRIUMPH


Andrei

A Blueprint for Memory
Return through a Gap in Time
Propaganda of the Self
From All Points East

Antonio

Laughing in the Ruins (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Echoes of a Remembered Sentiment
Truth and Tangents (or What Becomes Art)
Lipscani

Antonio

Laughing in the Ruins (Pt. 2)

II. THE ART OF EXILE


Andrei

Yes, I Am. Maybe.
Some Call It a Performance
Of Marionettes
The Faces We Wear

Antonio

A Hole in the Sky (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Because We Are Meant to Be Forgotten
Zero-Sum
Not-Light

Antonio

A Hole in the Sky (Pt. 2)

III. HISTORY, OPEN FOR BUSINESS


Andrei

Communism, the After-Christmas Sale
One Kiss, for the Revolution
Open for Business
Imperial Song

Antonio

The Last Mirage (Pt. 1)

Andrei
Bad Habits of Old Women
First Sign of Promise
Vicious Cycle

Antonio
The Last Mirage (Pt. 2)

IV. AN AUTOPSY OF BELIEF


Andrei

Pray Daily: Use Words If You Must
When the Oil Burns Low
The City of Logical Conclusions
A Rough Angelology

Antonio

Duino Elegies (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Between Gods
The Candle Is Out; No Matches
Arrival of the Invitation; Inconclusive Directions

Antonio

Duino Elegies (Pt. 2)

V. THE CUNNING OF REASON


Andrei

Peddling Myth
On a Day between Seasons
Waiting Our Turn
Legends and Other Ordinary Things

Antonio

Bread and Circuses (Pt. 1) Andrei
Parallel Vista
Exit Strategy
The Future Is Best Eaten with a Wooden Spoon

Antonio

Bread and Circuses (Pt. 2)

VI. ETERNAL RECURRENCES


Andrei

A Blueprint for Memory (Redux)
Insert Inspirational Slogan Here
Talking Old Country Blues
It Could Have Been a Dream

Antonio

Nietzsche in Turin (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Always the Small Things
On the Outside Looking In
How It Was and How It Should Be (When Death Happens at a Distance)

Antonio

Nietzsche in Turin (Pt. 2)

VII. AFTER BABEL


Andrei

Nonwords
Instructions for Learning a New Language
Anatomy of Dreams
Encoded

Antonio

Dreams of a Common Language (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Palimpsest
Under Our Fingernails
Wordless

Antonio

Dreams of a Common Language (Pt. 2)

VIII. WHAT’S SO REAL ABOUT SURREALISM?


Andrei

Funny When You Think about It
Even Though Everyone Knows Better
Without a Hero
It Ends Differently

Antonio

The Disquieting Muses (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Frat, ii Mei (My Brothers)
Arrangement for Stills
A Common Thing

Antonio

The Disquieting Muses (Pt. 2)

IX. CHILDHOOD AND ITS DERIVATIVES

Andrei

The Eternal Children
One Continuous
What You Leave Behind
The Other Side Of

Antonio

Giovinezza (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Psalm for the Children of the Rain
The Plot Against
Vignette

Antonio

Giovinezza (Pt. 2)

X. HERE AND NOW


Andrei

Make Beautiful, Again
Building Blocks
When Turning Toward
Make Beautiful

Antonio

Apollo Atones (Pt. 1)

Andrei

Approaching Stalemate
The Exact Reasons
Otherwise a Life

Antonio

Apollo Atones (Pt. 2)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS


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