The Crystalline Piazza
by Martin Wilson
Christoffel Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780952772354
Date: 26 March 2009 List Price £9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I can't tell you much about this one which arrived in the mail recently. I don't know of Martin Wilson and couldn't find much on googling for the name bar this scant page for Christoffel Press. The book itself, The Crystalline Piazza, offers no further insight although a quote on Amazon UK showers Wilson with praise. What is slightly concerning is that quote is from a 1988 edition of Interzone and thus implies no further (quotable) praise has been forthcoming in the intervening twenty two years! #PRFail.
"The twenty stories in "The Crystalline Piazza" display the full range of Martin Wilson's abilities as a writer of imaginative fiction. The stories are marked by dissolving and reforming realities. Amidst surrealist landscapes, lost souls grope towards obscure destinies. A race of terminal beachcombers collects the remnants of civilisation. An arrivee in the Heavenly City discovers where his ultimate residence is to be. A cyclic process takes one inhabitant of a house of the living dead to another house that differs subtly from it. The writing combines a precise, almost mathematical style with a symbolist aesthetic of aloofness. Martin Wilson describes his stories as 'metaphysical' after the paintings of De Chirico, which he says have profoundly influenced him."