The Franchiser (Nonpareil Book)

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Ben Flesh inherits an unusual deathbed request: the prime interest rate. This wildly comic, energetic, and virtuoso novel surveys the sordid American scene with an eye that reflects the chaos of our society with a brilliance and clarity seldom encountered. As William Gass writes in his foreword, "Elkin composes a song from the clutter of the country, a chant out of that 'cargo of crap' that comprises our culture. . . ."

This is vintage Elkin, America made Flesh through a hero who can't see the forest for the picnic tables and through a tale whose central metaphor is the franchise, that self-replicating mechanism that has sanitized and saturated our landscape.

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Stanley Elkin is widely considered one of the most important American writers of the contemporary period, with over a dozen novels and short story collections to his credit. A two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a three-time nominee for the National Book Award, he is regarded as both a great comedic writer and an extraordinary prose stylist. Despite wide acclaim for his work, most of Elkin's novels have fallen out of print since his death in 1995. Dalkey Archive Press began a project in 1998 to restore to print all of Elkin's work and has since published THE DICK GIBSON SHOW, BOSWELL: A MODERN COMEDY, THE MACGUFFIN, CRIERS & KIBITZERS, KIBITZERS & CRIERS, THE MAGIC KINGDOM, and THE RABBI OF LUD, among others.

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Past the organge roof and the turquoise tower, past the immense sunburst of the green and yellow sign, past the golden arches, beyond the low buff building, beside the discrete hut, the dark top hat on the studio window shade, beneath the red and white longitudes of the enormous bucket, coming up to the thick shaft of the yellow arrow, piercing the royal-blue field, he feels he is home. Is it Nashville? Elmira, New York? St. Louis County? A Florida key? The Illinois arrowhead? Indiana as a holster? Ohio like a badge? Is he North? St. Paul, Minn.? Northeast? Boston, Mass.? The other side of America? Salt Lake? Los Angeles? At the botton of the country? The Texas udder? Where? In Colorado's frame? Wyoming like a postage stamp? Michigan like a mitten? The chipped, eroding bays of the Northwest? Seattle? Bellingham, Washington?

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