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The Stupefaction: Stories and a novella

Williams, Diane

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ISBN 10: 0679441867 / ISBN 13: 9780679441861
Verlag: Knopf
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Titel: The Stupefaction: Stories and a novella

Verlag: Knopf

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Praising her ingenious subversions of the conventions of narrative. The New York Times has called Diane Williams "a master spy, a double agent in the house of fiction." In this book she broadens the riotously disruptive program of her earlier collections. piecing together stories out of jagged shards of consciousness to give form to our most complicated longings.

In the title novella, Williams offers her version of paradise: A woman runs off with a man on an enchanted journey across an enchanted landscape to an enchanted house, where their time is spent proving all the pleasures -- eating, drinking, bathing, slumbering, and coupling -- and where fantastic creatures, ravishing objects, and enthralling notions present themselves. But this sensual, blissful tale also becomes, in the female narrator's artful telling, a vehicle of discovery as she passes from state to state eluding our expectations of her.

The novella, Williams's first longer work, is accompanied by forty-nine short pieces, all of them superbly wry and knowing instances of the "sudden fiction" for which she is renowned. The Stupefaction is a stunning illumination of the heart and mind from one of our most innovative and audacious writers.

From the Back Cover:

Some Sexual Success Stories Plus Other Stories in Which God Might Choose to Appear

"A book full of beautiful passages and deep feelings ... Richly detailed paragraphs force the reader to slow down, pay close attention, and repeatedly explore each meticulous sentence."

-- Clark Humphrey, Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

"An operation worthy of a master spy, a double agent in the house of fiction ... Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia."

-- Matthew Stadler, The New York Times Book Review

"Immensely satisfying ... Williams tantalizes by withholding or upending information."

-- Margot Mifflin, Entertainment Weekly

This is About the Body, The Mind, The Soul, The World, Time, and Fate

"Her stories are as short as they could well be, but their latitude of implication is remarkable. [In them] manifold pleasures of recognition, surmise, divination, accrue to us."

-- Denis Donoghue

"Tough, piercing, complex, daring, fragmentary, rich, perceptive ... [These stories] will drive you crazy in the way readers of serious fiction need to be driven out of their heads occasionally."

-- Norbert Blei, Chicago Sun-Times

"The mood is never less than edgy, and it sometimes rises to real horror ... These fictional chips glitter with a shiny, irreducible strangeness that wills us to think twice."

-- Elizabeth Tallent, Los Angeles Times

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