Now that Nixon's dead, however, readers are free to marvel at one of the few American novels to rival Joyce's Ulysses for sustained stylistic inventiveness. Snippets of speeches and articles from Time are recast in poetic form, entire scenes are presented in dramatic verse, as events in the Rosenberg case move towards their historically destined conclusion. --Ron Hogan...Continua
One of the best american novel of the twentieth century, "The Public Burning" is certainly a major achievement in Robert Coover narrative.
The tale of the Rosenberg trial narrated by Richard Nixon is a veritable journey in the depth of the human soul when concerned with the quest for power - a quest that can find his achievement only when the power has conquered his suitor and not viceversa.
More than this, this powerful novel, rich in anthropological reflections, concerns the impossible quest for the truth: what is the truth, and who can discover it ? No truth is available, for no man: such is the bitter conclusion of the story wonderfully told by Coover