In his wanderings among Americans and ”un-Americans,“ Carlos leads us through a mirage of genres and historical lenses—memoirist fictions, essayistic stories, fables, anti-communist scripts. He comes to the Coney Island boardwalk only to arrive in his own mind at the shores of the Mediterranean. As he journeys from the golden age of Spain to the Statue of Liberty among East Coast Jewish Buddhist pilgrims going West, Carlos reinvents the rest of us as he remakes himself. In a Mecca of his own making in the heart of America, Carlos offers a prophetic new vision reconciling Islam and the American.
In the House Un-American maps the continual transformation of where and who Carlos is and where America might someday arrive with him. Benjamin Hollander’s astonishing work is essential reading for our times, a mythical projection of who we could be, radical proof that “America was fable before it became fact.”
“Just Call Me Al” in the Brooklyn Rail