A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve. For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert's beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices. In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern.
The Art of Writing Fiction guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid. Readers will master key aspects of fiction such as structure, character, voice and setting. Andrew Cowan provides an insightful introduction that brings his own well-crafted prose style to bear on the processes and pleasures of writing fiction, offering practical and personal advice culled from his own experience and that of other published writers. He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.
On the surface of things Nadia Orsini’s life appears comfortable and unremarkable – Ivy League educated, happily married to a doctor, a mother of three, and a moderately successful photographer. But not all is as it seems. Nadia has been telling lies. Nobody, not even her family, knows about her past, her dark dealings with a U.S. senator, or the scandal she was caught up in surrounding his young son. Then, Nadia receives a disturbing package in the mail and her mask threatens to disintegrate, exposing a horrifying secret.
In CALL ME BURROUGHS, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century-and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy. Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, CALL ME BURROUGHS is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.
Creative writing has become a highly professionalised academic discipline, with popular courses and prestigious degree programmes worldwide. This book is a must for all students and teachers of creative writing, indeed for anyone who aspires to be a published writer. It engages with a complex art in an accessible manner, addressing concepts important to the rapidly growing field of creative writing, while maintaining a strong craft emphasis, analysing exemplary models of writing and providing related writing exercises. Written by professional writers and teachers of writing, the chapters deal with specific genres or forms - ranging from the novel to new media - or with significant topics that explore the cutting edge state of creative writing internationally (including creative writing and science, contemporary publishing and new workshop approaches)
From one of the greatest modern writers, these stories, gathered from the nine collections published during her lifetime, follow an unbroken time line of success as a writer, from her adolescence to her death bed.
Jeanne Thornton's debut novel is a love story unlike any other, featuring Julie Thatch, a tough-as-nails, chainsmoking, wise-cracking 17-year-old Texan. Her idol, her older sister, jogs headlong into the lights of an approaching car, and dies. And Julie falls in love with a girl who both is and isn't an echo of her older sister, a long-limbed Francophone named Patrice—who is also a devotee of the Institute of Temporal Illusions, a Church of Scientology-like cult.
A "linguist-traveler" arrives by plane to Ravicka, a city of yellow air in which an undefined crisis is causing the inhabitants to flee. Although fluent in the native language, she quickly finds herself on the outside of every experience. Things happen to her, events transpire, but it is as if the city itself, the performance of life there, eludes her.
PART 1: FABULISTS -- At the end of the mechanical age / Donald Barthelme -- Water liars / Barry Hannah -- A conversation with my father / Grace Paley -- In dreams begin responsibilities / Delmore Schwartz -- Opium / Rikki Ducornet -- The sin of Jesus / Isaac Babel -- The aleph / Jorge Luis Borges -- Pastoralia / George Saunders -- The art of forgiveness : a fable / Janice Eidus -- Lyompa / Yuri Olesha -- Cat's eye / Luisa Valenzuela -- John Duffy's brother / Flann O'Brien -- The Fall River axe murders / Angela Carter -- Bloodchild / Octavia E. Butler -- Order of insects / William H. Gass -- PART 2: FORMALISTS -- Milk is very good for you / Stephen Dixon -- Rondo / Susan Neville -- Cornsilk / Randall Kennan -- Is it sexual harassment yet? / Cris Mazza -- Plan for the assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy / J.G. Ballard -- Story / Lydia Davis -- Innocent objects / Diane Schoemperlin -- The elevator / Robert Coover -- The fifth story / Clarice Lispector -- The Minnesota multiphasic personality : a diagnostic test in two parts / A.B. Paulsen -- The writers' model / Molly Giles -- Second story / R.M. Berry -- Can this story be saved? / Michael Wilkerson -- Wild desire / Karen Brennan -- Scissors kick / Sandy Huss -- Five on fiction / Janet Kauffman -- Click / John Barth.
Combining creative and critical responses from some of today's most progressive and innovative novelists, critics and theorists, "Fictions Present" adventurously engages the aesthetic, political, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of contemporary fictions.
A man purchases a house, the house of Fra Keeler, moves in, and begins investigating the circumstances of the latter's death. Yet the investigation turns inward, and the reality it seeks to unravel seems only to grow more strange, as the narrator pursues not leads, but lines of thought, most often to hideous conclusions.
Jean-Philippe Toussaint: Reticent narratives -- Eric Chevillard: Building Babel -- Marie Redonnet: The mourning after -- Antoine Volodine: Inside wars -- Francois Bon: Grueling prognostications -- Vague becomings: Strategies of fuzziness in twenty-first-century fiction.
Introduction : sentimentality, sympathy, serial killers : Dashiell Hammett, Charles Willeford, and others -- Revising the roots of the hard-boiled tradition : the 1920s. Crime and sympathy : Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway ; Hammett and the hard-boiled sentimental -- Reading the hard-boiled sentimental : from the thirties to the fifties.
Part 1 -- 1.Reshaping Creative Writing: Power and Agency in the Academy / Dianne Donnelly -- 2.Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side -- Creative Writing in Universities / Mimi Thebo -- 3.Creative Writing Habitats / Graeme Harper -- 4.Beyond the Literary: Why Creative Literacy Matters / Steve Healey -- 5.To Fill with Milk: or, The Thing and Itself / Katharine Haake -- 6.Creative Writing Research / Graeme Harper -- 7.Creative Writing Knowledge / Dianne Donnelly -- Part 2 -- 8.Teaching Toward the Future / Stephanie Vanderslice -- 9.Holding On and Letting Go / Indigo Perry -- 10.Programme Design and the Making of Successful Programmes Building a Better Elephant Machine: A Case Study in Creative Writing Programme Design / Nigel McLoughlin -- The Future of Graduate Studies in Creative Writing: Institutionalizing Literary Writing / Patrick Bizzaro.
Anais Nin started her celebrated diary at the age of eleven, when she was immigrating to New York with her mother and two young brothers. It became her confidant, her beloved friend, in which she recorded her most intimate thoughts and kept watch on the state of her character. It gives a charming and amusing view of her early life, but it will be valued most for its self-portrait of an innocent girl who is transformed, through her own insights, into an enlightened young woman.
Where were the kisses? Weetzie Bat wondered. And so begins a magical journey of discovery. As she turns forty and the relationship with her secret-agent lover-man Max falls apart, Weetzie packs up her lime green and bright orange bikini, orange suede sneakers, and Pucci tunic, jumps in her '65 mint green Thunderbird, and leaves.
What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam's On Endings, which seeks to show how the core texts of American postmodernism are a response to the geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War and especially to the new potential for total nuclear conflict. Postwar American fiction needs to be rethought, he argues, by highlighting postmodern experimentation as a mode of profound historical consciousness. On Endings significantly extends the project of historicizing postmodernism while returning the nuclear to a central place in the study of the Cold War.
One of Time Out New York's Ten Best Books of 2007, now in an expanded edition with six previously uncollected pieces, including the provocative essay, "The sentence is a lonely place", and with a foreword by Gordon Lish.
Poetry 99 (a book with DVD) presents the best of a week-long series of live readings by South African poets that took place in Grahamstown in 1999. Even in their written form, many South African poems carry the intonations of the poet's voice, but seeing and hearing poets reading their own work has a particular vitality.
During the summer of 1982, eighteen-year-old Ivan's parents are evacuated from Beirut. He chooses to stay behind and acts as an interpreter for international medical volunteers in a refugee camp. There he meets Eli, a Norwegian physiotherapist, and helps her treat Youssef, a camp orphan disabled by a cluster bomb. When the Israeli army enters Beirut and surrounds the camp, Eli and Youssef are trapped inside.
On a Barcelona-bound train forced to pick up soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, Helen becomes acquainted with an antifascist German athlete who arouses her consciousness and inspires her need for a life of political action.
In the ancient Egyptian religion, Seth is the evil god who out of jealousy slays his brother Osiris, the good god of agriculture, to seize the throne. Seth is, however, also the god of the desert and therefore a benevolent champion of desert dwellers like the traditionally nomadic Kel Tamasheq, better known as the Tuareg. In The Seven Veils of Seth, the world-renowned, Libyan, Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni draws on the tension between these two opposing visions of Seth to create a novel that also provides a vivid account of daily life in a Tuareg oasis.
"It has been more than thirty-five years since Renata Adler's Speedboat, Winner of the Ernest Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, charged through the literary establishment, blasting genre walls and pointing the way for a newly liberated way of writing. This unclassifiable work is simultaneously novel, memoir, commonplace book, confession, and critique. It is the story of every man and woman cursed with too much consciousness and too little comprehension, and it is the story of Jen Fein, a journalist negotiating the fraught landscape of contemporary urban America. Her voice is searching, cuttingly perceptive, and darkly funny as she breaks narrative convention to send dispatches back from the world as she finds it"
"Springer's Progress" is that rarest of gifts, a mature love story. Lucien Springer is a randy, vodka'd novelist who has sustained eighteen years of marriage by one rule: no protracted affairs - that was until Jessica Crawford. And there begins perhaps the most untidy extramarital letch in literature.
This anthology, the first of its kind in any language, displays the range and significance of women's contributions to surrealism. Letting surrealist women speak for themselves, Penelope Rosemont has assembled nearly three hundred texts by ninety-seven women from twenty-eight countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and the African diaspora. Their works include poems, tales, dreams, essays of radical social criticism, inquiries into psychoanalysis, critical approaches to philosophical as well as topical problems, celebrations of the work of particular poets and painters, and several examples of surrealist games.
Award-winning author Lily Hoang invited some of the top innovative writers in the U.S. to submit unfinished stories that she then completed over the course of one summer. Although Hoang attempted to follow each respective writer's style, the stories are distinctly her own, resulting in a mesmerizing and highly entertaining collection.
Introduction: Transgressing self and voice-contemporary fiction and the death of the narrator -- "At first you feel a bit lost": the varieties of second person narration -- Class and consciousness: "We" narration from Conrad to postcolonial fiction -- I, etcetera: multiperson narration and the range of contemporary narrators -- Three extreme forms of narration and a note on postmodern unreliability -- Unnatural narration in contemporary drama -- Implied authors, historical authors, and the transparent narrator: toward a new model of the narrative transaction -- Conclusion: Voicing the unspeakable.
Although she is eminent primarily as the prize-winning author of classic works of fiction, Eudora Welty is notable also as an astute literary critic. Her essays on the art of fiction and on the writers who enlarged the range of the short story and the novel are definitive pieces. Her distinguished book reviews, along with her critical essays, augment her reputation for being one of the most discerning author-critics in literary America.
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse-his cremains in a bullet. Here, in compelling guise, are your favorite mythological figures-Narcissus and Echo, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, even Argos, Odysseus's faithful dog-alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions.
One afternoon on a weekend in May, Dewi Ayu rose from her grave after being dead for twenty-one years. So begins Beauty Is a Wound, an epic, sweeping, compulsively readable novel, combining history, satire, family tragedy, legend, humor, and romance in a sweeping polyphony.
This collection of stories explores the chaos of post-invasion Baghdad. A soldier with the ability to predict the future finds himself blackmailed by a suicide bomber into swapping places. A composer of crossword puzzles survives a car-bomb, only to find himself haunted by the spirit of one of its victims.
Deserted villages of rural Mexico, where images and memories of the past linger like unquiet ghosts, haunted the imaginations of the author. In one such village of the mind, Comala, he set his classic novel Pedro Páramo, a dream-like tale that intertwines a man's quest to find his lost father and reclaim his patrimony with the father's obsessive love for a woman who will not be possessed, Susana San Juan.
Lilus Kikus, was erroneously first labeled a children's book because it had a young girl as protagonist, it included illustrations, and the author was an unknown woman. Accompanying Lilus Kikus in this first American edition are four of Poniatowska's short stories with female protagonists, only one of which has been previously published in English.
"Written in Water" combines Cernuda's two volumes of prose poems, Ocnos and Variaciones sobre tema mexicano (Variations on a Mexican Theme), into a single book as the author intended but never lived to see. Cernuda explores various scenes and moments and ideas from different periods of his life, beginning with childhood in Seville and proceeding through his exile to his first encounter with Mexico, where he found a comforting resemblance to his lost Andalucia.
'It is almost that' collects twenty-six visionary works by women artists and writers. Supremely imaginative in their use of word and image, these hybrid works are steeped in narrative play, suggestion and subversion, inviting readers to engage in multiple and unexpected modes of reading.