A brief summary of Mark Haber’s “Saint Sebastian’s Abyss” suggests a novel of unusual breadth, physically and thematically. Haber’s story, about two art critics obsessed with a Renaissance painting, touches on topics such as art, criticism, friendship, obsession, and death. While these thematic threads are deftly worked through in Haber’s second novel, describing them so simply fails to convey the dark, devilish humor that runs through the book.
Haber — director of operations at Brazos Bookstore — relishes opportunities to tip the holy cows. So, rather than a heavy door stopper of a novel on the themes set out above, his book is actually a slim volume, but not at all lightweight. “Saint Sebastian’s Abyss” is a pandemic project created during a feverish three-month period. With relish, he skewers a fundamental claim found in criticism and academia while examining the fragility of the ways we connect to art.
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