From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate (Vol. 1–3)
Author: Nathaniel Mackey
Publisher: New Directions (2010)
The great American jazz novel of “such exquisite rhythmic lyricism” (Bookforum) by National Book Award Winner Nathaniel Mackey.
From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 collects the first three installments―Bedouin Hornbook, Djbot Baghostus’s Run, and Atet A.D.―of Nathaniel Mackey’s genre-defying work of fiction. A project that began over thirty years ago, From a Broken Bottle is an epistolary novel that unfolds through N.’s intricate letters to the mysterious Angel of Dust. Unexpected, profound happenings take place as N. delves into music and art and the goings-on of his transmorphic Los Angeles-based jazz ensemble, in which he is a composer and instrumentalist. This triple-set book opens in July 1978 with a dream of a haunting Archie Shepp solo, and closes in September 1982 in a parallactic studio recording session on a glass-bottomed boat borne aloft by the music.