Death Be Not Predictable – New York Times Review

CARNIVAL.PRESS_.PHOTOS.11.10-682x1024“How do you think he looks? Better?” the dying man’s wife asks a visitor to his hospital room. The hopefulness in her voice is unmistakable. But the gaunt 38-year-old patient is clearly not long for this world. Still, his wife babbles on about his future, using words as a wall to hold back her despair and support her denial.

That opening scene, from “Carnival Round the Central Figure,” is steeped in the absurd — the man’s face is caked with white makeup, and a menacing nurse sits nearby, holding a needle about three feet long. Yet like much in this clever and confounding meditation on dying, what is unusual can also be affecting.

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