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Flying to America

45 More Stories

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October 1, 2008 | Paperback | 5.6 x 8.8, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781582434438
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“It is possible... to trace [in Flying to America] the author's development from an early postmodern baroque... to the fragmentary, almost minimalist style of his late-'60s and early-'70s prime.” —Los Angeles Times

Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential and inventive writers of the twentieth century. His unique and richly textured stories, parodies, satires, fables, and essays led Robert Coover to call him “one of our great citizens of contemporary world letters.” In this volume of unpublished and previously uncollected stories, he transforms the absurd and strange into the real in his usual epiphanic and engaging style. The stories delve further into themes that often interested Barthelme: the perils of the unfulfilled existence; the relationships between politics, art, sex, and life; and the importance of continuing to ask questions even though we are unable to learn the answers. This collection will delight both old fans and new readers.

DONALD BARTHELME was a winner of a National Book Award and published sixteen books, including Sixty Stories, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was a founder of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where he taught for many years. He died in 1989.

Praise

“It is possible… to trace [in Flying to America] the author’s development from an early postmodern baroque… to the fragmentary, almost minimalist style of his late-’60s and early-’70s prime.” —Los Angeles Times

“Donald Barthelme… creates a crowd of characters whose struggle ‘ill-advised’ optimism and struggle for meaning mirror his own life’s effort.” —Chicago Tribune

“Barthelme’s collection arrives like a wondrous jewel unearthed.” —Literary Journal

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