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13 Stories and 13 Epitaphs

Vollmann, William T.

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ISBN 10: 0802133959 / ISBN 13: 9780802133953
Published by Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, New York, NY, 1994
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Has minor markings in the books text, a tight binding, Has Minor shelf and corner wear. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Romance; Fiction. ISBN: 0802133959. ISBN/EAN: 9780802133953. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 1560789304. Bookseller Inventory # 1560789304

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Title: 13 Stories and 13 Epitaphs

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Edition Unstated.

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This stunning new collection of stories confirms William T. Vollmann's growing reputation as the American writer whose books "tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation, and sardonic wit" (Washington Post Book World). All these qualities are in evidence in this collection in which the character of the writer and that of some of his intimates - both real and imaginary - surface and resurface in a series of extraordinary situations and encounters. Two astonishing stories frame this collection. The first, "The Ghost of Magnetism, " tells about a young man leaving San Francisco to become a sort of literary hobo living on his freeze-dried memories. The last, "The Grave of Lost Stories, " describes the death of Poe in a fungus-encrusted tomb somewhere deep in the earth. Here is the colorful and disreputable group of people familiar to us from Vollmann's earlier fiction - pimps, tramps, pornographers, witch doctors and massage-parlor girls. Within these stories, Vollmann gives us one of the most searching, bizarre, and subversive views of America today.

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The settings for the stories in Vollmann's collection range from Las Vegas to Bangkok, but his protagonists share traits in common. They are the desperate, the haunted, those who have reached the end of their ropes and are trying to make sense of a world that has failed them. The prostitutes and pimps, the addicts and the skinheads, who are the subjects of Vollmann's stories are all engaged in larger journeys of self-discovery. The hope that the next fix, the next night of sex, the next trip abroad will finally lead them to an always allusive internal peace.

"As diverse and exciting a group of stories as anyone has had to show for the last few years"--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"And certainly no one writing today of any generation has more news to relate than Vollmann, a rough-edged beast who has been slouching toward some millennial Bethlehem with a monstrous elegance, utter fearlessness, and voracious appetite that one associates with Melville, Whitman and Pynchon."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"William T. Vollmann has become the reigning kid genius of American fiction."--USA Today

"William T. Vollmann looks to be the most prodigiously talented and historically important novelist under 35.... Since 1987 he has published books which tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation, and sardonic wit."--The Washington Post Book World

"William Vollmann is certainly the most unconventional--and possibly also the most exciting and imaginative--novelist at work today."--New York Newsday

William T. Vollmann is the author of Whores for Gloria, You Bright and Risen Angels, The Rainbow Stories, The Ice-Shirt, An Afghanistan Picture Show, Fathers and Crows, Butterfly Stories, The Rifles, and Open All Night (with photographs by Ken Miller). His collection of essays, The Atlas, was awarded the Pen Center West Award. He has also received the Whiting Foundation Award and the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Award for his fiction, and in June 1999 The New Yorker named him one of the twenty best American writers under the age of forty. His most recently published work is the novel The Royal Family.

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