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YOU'RE AN ANIMAL, VISKOVITZ

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You're an Animal, Viskovitz

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Alessandro Boffa
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A

Who is Viskovitz? It would be easy to dismiss him as a pig, if he weren’t also such a rat. Not to mention an elk, a lion, an ant, and so on and so forth. Boffa, in a series of short parables, reincarnates his charming, lovelorn narcissist of a narrator as various fauna, each with its own peculiar (but devastatingly familiar) set of inborn dysfunctions. The whole exercise sounds unbearably cute, but Boffa’s background in biology infuses Viskovitz (his first book) with a wry scientist’s unsentimental observational humor. The resulting genius is in a genus by itself.