When Bloch, a popular London novelist, starts writing a fictionalized story featuring his unremarkable friend Oscar, the invented details from the story start to come true. Gradually, Oscar embarks on a surreal odyssey into fame, while Bloch descends into the dark places of his soul. Oscar falls in love with Najette, a bewitching painter, but their relationship hangs in the balance as his myth balloons out of all proportion. At the centre of the hype and spin stands the demon-like publicist Ryan Rees, whose power enables him to manufacture the truth, and the story builds to an unforgettable, startling climax. The Fabrications is a novel possessing peculiar relevance to our tumultuous times. It addresses the myths of celebrity, the power of the internet and the media to disfigure and distort, and the madness of our culture, in which prophets, truths and legends can all be invented. Part satirical comedy; part meditation on synchronicity, sex and identity; and part love story, The Fabrications is unclassifiably new, abandoning realism to create a strange parallel world. It is a wildly inventive work, with a vast canvas of dazzling and unseemly characters, and will take you on a compelling journey filled with pathos, humor and subversive beauty.
Baret Magarian is of Armenian extraction, from London. He was a freelance journalist and contributed articles to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph. He has interviewed such diverse figures as Peter Ustinov, the brilliant actor-director and raconteur, John Calder, iconoclastic publisher of eighteeen Nobel prize winners, and Salman Rushdie, the celebrated novelist. He has worked as a lecturer, translator, fringe theatre director, actor and nude model. He is also a composer of piano music that is in the vein of Jarrett and Alkan and draws on the tonalities of Armenian music. His fiction has appeared in World Literature Today, Journal of Italian Translation, White Fly Press, The Sandspout, and Sagarana. His monologue The Pain Tapestry was recently staged in English in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In other books: Melting Point, short stories; Baret Magarian’s Venetian novella Mirror and Silhouette is now available on Amazon; Poetry book in Italian, Scherzando Con Tutte, Le Mie Bestie Preferite
“In this rich, inventive and very funny novel Magarian mercilessly eviscerates the worlds of art, PR, and media…his literary ambition is clear from the first sentence of The Fabrications…and the core theme is fiction itself…the book beautifully distills the dangers of too willing a participation in illusion.” – The Times Literary Supplement
“A sparkling, darkly humorous novel….A resplendent tale.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The Fabrications is big, bold…entertaining, Faustian…it captures the absurdity of contemporary life and culture.” – The New Statesman
“Mind-bending…a profound engagement with words and ideas.” – Jamie Mackay, Review 31
“The Fabrications is a brilliant achievement….The novel aims high, unblushingly seeking out the company of the modern European masters.” – Jonathan Coe, author of Number Eleven, The House of Sleep and The Winshaw Legacy.
“Again and again, Mr. Magarian finds the exact right detail to render his scenes incredibly lifelike.” – Seattle Book Review
“Smart, witty, and honest, The Fabrications is a book that will leave you thinking about it for a long time after you have put it down.” – San Francisco Book Review
“The Fabrications clearly reveals author Baret Magarian as a novelist with a genuine flair for originality and engaging his reader’s rapt attention from first page to last.” – Midwest Review
“A tour de force….It’s a wondrous novel both cleverly satirical…and philosophically profound, a rare accomplishment.” –Lee Foust, The Florence News
“As well as funny and stinging lampoons of corporate ad-speak and the aesthetics of the publicity stunt, Magarian makes intermittent postmodern flourishes with The Fabrications by visually aping the format and presentation of newspapers, press releases, and webpages.” – Ruiari Connelly, Necessary Fiction
“The novel’s conceptual untidiness is finally one of the features that makes it both appealing and memorable.” – Daniel Green, Full Stop.
“Here we have a plot-driven, “page-turner” class readable novel that also contains complex layers of meaning and allusion… Magarian’s sentences are poetic and playful, (and with) a lovely sense of humor that ranges from the gallows to the simply sweet….Babel, in particular, for all his flaws, is about as lovable a character as a reader can hope for.” – J de Salvo, The Pedestrian Press