Vincent Czyz Adrift in a Vanishing City

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Adrift in a Vanishing City

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Fiction. Neither a traditional collection of short stories nor a novel, ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY is an unguided tour through the tortured landscape of obsessive love and unreliable memory. These stories wind through the real and the imagined, linking Budapest, Berlin, Mexico City and Pittsburg, Kansas to the shadow-haunted places within the human heart. "...A small landmark in the sedimentation of new form in fiction..."-Samuel R. Delany. "ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY ought to come with a warning label: Herein lie levels of meaning beyond the grasp of the blissful best-seller reader. In poetic prose that flouts conventional fictive forms, Czyz draws on classical myth, fable, folklore, Shakespearean tragedy and other genres to create a metaphor of modern alienation"--Joe Castronovo.

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Born in Orange, NJ, Vincent Czyz earned his Bachelors degree in English literature at Rutgers University and studied for his Masters degree at Columbia University. He worked at the North Jersey Herald & News in Passaic, NJ for two years where he served as copy editor, book reviewer and feature writer. In 1991 he received a fellowship from the NJ Council on the Arts for his as-yet-unpublished novel, Ghost Dancer. He was again awarded a grant in 1994 for Adrift in a Vanishing City. That same year, Zee Gee and the Blue Jean Baby Queen tied with Jere Hoars The Snopes who Saved Huckaby for the Pirates Alley Faulkner Prize for Short Story. The Night Crawler was a finalist for the same prize the following year. Mr. Czyz has resided in Lyndhurst, NJ for the past ten years where he continues to find creative ways to make a living while he writes fiction.

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Adrift in a Vanishing City ought to come with a warning label: Herein lie levels of meaning beyond the grasp of the blissful best-seller reader.

In poetic prose that flouts conventional fictive forms, Czyz draws on classical myth, fable, folklore, Shakespearean tragedy and other genres to create a metaphor of modern alienation.

The nine stories are set in a small, southeastern city in the coal-mining region of Kansas. -- Joe Castronovo, New Jersey Herald & News

Deeply romantic (in the best sense) and darkly evocative, Czyz's lush style explores regions well beyond simple narrative, probing the constantly shifting, oblique connections between failure, memory and the forever-incomplete nature of human desire. A moody, gorgeous and formally innovative collection, "Adrift in a Vanishing City" deserves a wide audience among readers who understand that fiction is about more than getting a character from one room to the next. -- Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times

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