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The Slip-Stream World of William Hjortsberg

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April 10, 2004 | Paperback |  5.5 x 7, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781593760212
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"William Hjortsberg is 'a riotous madhouse of talent.'" —New York Times Book Review

In 1971, when William Hjortsberg first published Gray Matters, reviewers mentioned Borges. And in 1972 came Symbiography, a novella about a man who dreams for a living. He is, in fact, a best-selling dreamer. Before Mad Max (1979) and Neuromancer (1984), back in the days when reality was either “real” or chemical, Hjortsberg sat about to create a post-holocaust fiction, (mis-termed, we think, “science” fiction), that anticipates the Virtual, the Punk, and the Meta. In the New York Times, John Leonard called him “a satanic S.J. Perelman… by way of Disney and de Sade,” and Harry Crews, also in the Times, continued, “He writes fiction the way Leroy Jordan plays football—with controlled abandon—which is to say, with the abandon that only the greatest discipline can release.”

As readers it is thrilling to realize how perfectly timed this work is for our day, fresher even, somehow, than it was thirty years ago. Odd Corners collects Gray Matters and Symbiography together with two stories never before in book form, a complete cyberworld, courtesy of William Hjorstberg.

WILLIAM HJORTSBERG is the author of several books, including Alp and Toro! Toro! Toro! He lives in Montana and is at work on a biography of Richard Brautigan.

Praise

“William Hjortsberg is ‘a riotous madhouse of talent.'” —New York Times Book Review

“[Gray Matters] raises nothing less than the question: What is the point of living? And Hjortsberg makes that question uproariously funny.”—Los Angeles Times

“A septic treat.” —Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair: Stories

“Chilling has to be the word. And more than that, superb writing.” —Rod Serling, screenwriter and television producer of The Twilight Zone

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