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Unformatted text preview: reconcile the different characters' perspectives in As I Lay Dying except a reader's imagination, just as only a viewer's imagination can put the broken pieces of Braque's image in order, or at least grasp the outlines of the subject. Both works, therefore, engage their audiences in acts of imaginative re-creation. At the center of both works, however, is disintegration: the man with the guitar in Braque's painting, and Addie Bundren, a literally disintegrating corpse at the center of the Bundren's odyssey. Occupying another central role in Faulkner's novel is Darl's disintegrating sanity. Both writer and artist exhibit a concern with the modern theme of fragmentation in a once-coherent world that has come undone....
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