The Made-Up Man by Joseph Scapellato audiobook

The Made-Up Man

By Joseph Scapellato
Read by Ramiz Monsef

Blackstone Publishing 9780374200077
6.88 Hours Unabridged
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Existential noir meets absurd comedy when a young man reluctantly enlists as source material for an art project. Stanley had known it was a mistake to accept his uncle Lech’s offer to apartment-sit in Prague―he’d known it was one of Lech’s proposals, a thinly veiled setup for some invasive, potentially dangerous performance art project. But whatever Lech had planned for Stanley, it would get him to Prague and maybe offer a chance to make things right with T after his failed attempt to propose. Stanley can take it. He can ignore their high jinks, resist being drafted into their evolving, darkening script. As the operation unfolds, it becomes clear there’s more to this performance than he expected; they know more about Stanley’s state of mind than he knows himself. He may be able to step over chalk outlines in the hallway, may be able to turn away from the women acting as his mother or the men performing as his father, but when a man made up to look like Stanley begins to play out his most devastating memory, he won’t be able to stand outside this imitation of his life any longer. Immediately and wholly immersive, Joseph Scapellato’s debut novel, The Made-Up Man, is a hilarious examination of art’s role in self-knowledge, a sinister send-up of self-deception, and a big-hearted investigation into the cast of characters necessary to help us finally meet ourselves.

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Summary

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A Chicago Review of Books Pick as Best New Book of the Month 

Existential noir meets absurd comedy when a young man reluctantly enlists as source material for an art project.

Stanley had known it was a mistake to accept his uncle Lech’s offer to apartment-sit in Prague―he’d known it was one of Lech’s proposals, a thinly veiled setup for some invasive, potentially dangerous performance art project. But whatever Lech had planned for Stanley, it would get him to Prague and maybe offer a chance to make things right with T after his failed attempt to propose.

Stanley can take it. He can ignore their high jinks, resist being drafted into their evolving, darkening script. As the operation unfolds, it becomes clear there’s more to this performance than he expected; they know more about Stanley’s state of mind than he knows himself. He may be able to step over chalk outlines in the hallway, may be able to turn away from the women acting as his mother or the men performing as his father, but when a man made up to look like Stanley begins to play out his most devastating memory, he won’t be able to stand outside this imitation of his life any longer.

Immediately and wholly immersive, Joseph Scapellato’s debut novel, The Made-Up Man, is a hilarious examination of art’s role in self-knowledge, a sinister send-up of self-deception, and a big-hearted investigation into the cast of characters necessary to help us finally meet ourselves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Scapellato’s inventive, hallucinatory prose dazzles…A timely dose of his absurdism could prove an antivenom to our problematic times.” New York Times Book Review
“Scapellato’s blend of existential noir, absurdist humor, literary fiction, and surreal exploration of performance art merges into something special…The Made-Up Man is a rare novel that is simultaneously smart and entertaining.” NPR
“Scapellato defies genre expectation…The trajectory of redemption suggests Flannery O’Connor at her best.” Brooklyn Rail
“Wholly original…The deviously warped literary noir The Made-Up Man is an unpredictable and thought-provoking tale of deception, love, and identity.” Evening Post (Lancashire, England)
“Narrator Ramiz Monsef will have listeners laughing through this absurdist depiction of a man named Stanley, whose life turns into performance art. Monsef’s delivery is light, breezy, and quick…This is a quirky listen, but Monsef never loses us along the way.” AudioFile
“Merging the ludicrous and the melancholic, the odd premise provides many laugh-out-loud moments and some curious insights and enables Stanley to explore and understand why he performs the same role each and every day.” Booklist
“Playful, striking, and wholly original, The Made-Up Man is an engrossing mystery of the self, the rare kind of novel that challenges the way we see the world.” Laura Van Den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
“A mystery, a playful essay on performance art, and a meditation on the instability of selfhood. This is a novel like no other you’ll read this year.” Kerry Howley, author of Thrown

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Author

Author Bio: Joseph Scapellato

Author Bio: Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato’s debut story collection, Big Lonesome, was published in 2017. He earned his MFA in fiction at New Mexico State University and has been published in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road Magazine, PANK, UNSAID, and other literary magazines. His work has been anthologized in Forty Stories, Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction, and The Best Innovative Writing. Scapellato is an assistant professor of English in the creative writing program at Bucknell University. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English