The Knife Thrower and Other Stories
ISBN 13: 9780609600702
Publisher: Crown Pub
Publication Date: 1998
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Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Martin Dressler: TheTale of an American Dreamer, Steven Millhauser has always been most at home with the short story. This new collection of twelve stories puts his rich and varied talents on dazzling display, demonstrating why this singular writer is acclaimed as one of the most subtle, magical, and penetrating explorers of the American imagination.Whether chronicling the phastasmagoric excesses of an amusement park entrepreneur in "Paradise Park," or the dangerously addictive delights of the largest department store ever conceived in "The Dream of the Consortium," Millhausers fictions explore not only the magnificent obsessions of the unfettered imagination, but also the darker, subterranean desires that fuel them. From the odd corners of life that persist below the sunlit world in "Beneath the Cellars of Our Town," to views from the heavens in "Flying Carpets" and "Balloon Flight, 1870," he takes us on a tour beyond the everyday, to realms we recognize only in dreams. In "The Way Out," an illicit affair leads an exhausted lover into a sunrise appointment with death. In "Claire de Lune" and "The Sisterhood of Night," he magically evokes the enigmatic otherness of the adolescent soul. Like the knife thrower in the title story, Millhauser's fictions beguile and beckon us into hitherto unexplored realms, where spectral truths, enchanting vistas, and the mysteries of art await us.
"Although these stories demonstrate Millhauser's usual finesse in conjuring up the strange, the magical, the bizarre, there is a certain sameness about them--a narrowness of imagery and theme--that suggests that the author is simply going through the motions of reconnoitering territory he has explored many times before....The two stories...that are anchored in the real world turn out to be the volume's strongest."
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 05/04/1998Review:
"For readers familiar only with 'Martin Dressler', the 12 stories in his new book...will reveal the eclectic variety of his imagination. For longtime fans, though, the book confirms his consistency, since almost every tale in it echoes or expands upon imagery, technique and subject matter explored in his earlier fiction."
Michael Upchurch, San Francisco Chronicle, 05/05/1998
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Book Description: Crown Pub, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. First printing. Shows a few light dust spots on the top edge of the bound pages from time on our shop shelves. Bookseller Inventory # 011330
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