Titel: False Positive
Verlag: Fiction Collective 2, Normal, [Ill.]
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Each of the fifteen fictions in False Positive originated as a nationally known newspaper story, which Harold Jaffe has "treated" to bring to its prosaic surface a maniacal subtext. The original stories cover the familiar American postmodern grotesquerie: high school mass murders; sexual molestations; rock star suicides; internet police; serial killers on the loose. Jaffe enters each published version, and through rearrangement, nuanced rewriting, and strategic interpellations, exposes the host text's latent madness. Thus re-armed, Jaffe's prosthetic creation is released into our culture to do its unsettling work. Jaffe's fictive "treatment" of these everyday nightmares is ambitious and startling. He embeds his found story in his own heightened versions, leaving the traces of the original text alongside his own, or insinuates the ghostly presence of journalese within his own deadpan lines. As The San Diego Union has said of Jaffe's earlier fiction, False Positive is more "exquisite chaos from the master word processor of our generation."About the Author:
Harold Jaffe is the author of seven fiction collections and three novels, including False Positive (forthcoming, 2001), Sex for the Millennium (1999), Othello Blues (1996), Straight Razor (1995), Eros Anti-Eros (1990), Madonna and Other Spectacles (1988),Beasts (1986), Dos Indios (1983), and Mourning Crazy Horse (1982). His fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologized in Pushcart Prize, Best American Stories, Best of American Humor, Storming the Reality Studio, American Made, Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydreaming Nation, and After Yesterday's Crash. His novels and stories have been translated into several languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Czech. He has been the recipient of two NEA's in fiction and two Fulbrights, to India and to the Czech Republic. Jaffe is editor-in-chief of Fiction International and Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at San Diego State University in San Diego, California
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