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Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

Millhauser, Steven

ISBN 10: 030738747X / 0-307-38747-X
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Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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Thirteen darkly comic stories, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey that stretches the boundaries of the ordinary world.

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Book Description: Vintage, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Remarkable. . . . Not just brilliant but prescient." D. T. Max, The New York Times Book Review "Readers seeking the perfect introduction to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser need look no further. . . . Dangerous Laughter draws on every facet of his imagination. . . . It''s more akin to music-making than storytelling." Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times "Millhauser''s best story collection. . . . Every reader knows of writers who are like secrets one wants to keep yet whose books one wants to tell the world about. Steven Millhauser is mine." David Rollow, The Boston Globe "Enchanting. . . . Steven Millhauser is a marvel." Daniel Dyer, The Plain Dealer "Millhauser . . . is our most brilliant practicing romantic, for whom surface reality is merely an uninteresting illusion." Charles May, San Francisco Chronicle "[An] absorbing, impeccably imagined collection." Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly "Beautiful and profound. . . . Millhauser''s work is among the most thought-provoking I''ve ever encountered." David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Review " Dangerous Laughter groups three sets of smart, darkly obsessive stories around the themes of risk-taking, imaginary places, and ersatz biographies, all led off by a crazy cartoon cat-and-mouse slapstick drama rendered with pure cloak-and-dagger delight."Lisa Shea, Elle "Tales fueled by curiosity and wonder, from a master . . . [who] is consistently so much fun to read . . . Everything one has come to want and expect in Millhauser's fiction is herespooky attics, fantastic inventions, artists driven mad, and ambitious enterprises that become overattenuated and impossible to sustain. The result is almost a Steven Millhauser primer, a much needed fix for fans . . . and a perfect introduction for those unacquainted with his writing. . . . ['A Precursor to the Cinema' and 'The Wizard of West Orange' are] marvelous stories that make the suspension of disbelief feel like no work whatsoever . . . Millhauser has done nothing here to diminish his reputation as one of our most dazzling storytellers. 'It was said that no matter how closely you examined one of the Master's little pieces, you always discovered some further wonder,' he writes of his obsessive court miniaturist [in 'In the Reign of Harad IV']. The same could be said of Steven Millhauser."Jeff Turrentine, The Washington Post Book World "Reviewers use words like enchantment recklessly, as though it happens to us all the time. Book reviewers are especially prone to describing books as 'enchanting,' pretending that a spell has actually been cast over us. If only it were so. As often as not, it is a spell of boredom. Steven Millhauser's books are the exception. . . . ['Cat 'n' Mouse'] sounds like a 'Tom and Jerry' cartoon as written by Franz Kafka. Or Sigmund Freud. . . .[It is] indelibly vivid . . . hard-edged and bright as a plasma screen . . . In 'The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman,' a young woman disappears from inside her apartment without a trace. . . . Millhauser turns an ordinary whodunit into a tale of obscure people who slowly disappear out of apparent volition. . . . There is no more poignant note in Millhauser than this: the sense of life that has come to nothing, as we understand that Elaine Coleman has committed a metaphysical form of suicide: willing herself out of existence because in the eyes of others she has already been erased. In the most haunted story of them all, 'The Room in the Attic,' Millhauser introduces us to a high school boy whose friend's sister, Isabel, lives in an attic shut off completely from light. . . .There are few writers in America better at striking the note of longing, of missed opportunity, of life taking uncanny and unfathomable turns. The utter weirdness of the young man in a pitch black room, held rapt and immobile by the lure of an unseen and teasing young woman is the very essence of estrangemen. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_030738747X

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Book Description: Vintage. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 030738747X A new compilation of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Martin Dressler features thirteen tales, including "Cat 'n' Mouse," a reimagining of the conflict between cartoon rivals, along with stories grouped into three sections--Vanishing Acts, Impossible Architectures, and Heretical Histories. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. Bookseller Inventory # 4726584

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