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I wrote this imaginary journal to explain a genuine interest in Escher's work and to think as profoundly as I am able about the grand metaphysical notions that spellbind even the most cynical practitioner of the arts in our time: truth and semblance, the finite and the infinite, the temporal and the timeless, natural law and the dictates of unconscious life, dreaming and the creative imagination. (Those of us for whom to write is to consider ideas, playfully more often than not, seem never to tire of these oppositions.) And so Escher s journal is also mine. - Norman Lock, from the Afterword
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Norman Lock has written novels and short fiction as well as stage, radio and screen plays. He received the 1979 Aga Kahn Prize given by The Paris Review. He is a recipient of a 1999 fiction fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, a 2009 fiction fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a 2011 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His latest works are the short-fiction collections Pieces for Small Orchestra & Other Fictions (Spuyten Duyvil) and Grim Tales (Mud Luscious Press) and the novels Shadowplay (Ellipsis Press) and The King of Sweden (Ravenna Press). Shadowplay was awarded the 2010 literary fiction prize by the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities. Grim Tales is scheduled for release by an Istanbul publisher in the Turkish language, in 2012. Other books by Lock available from Ravenna Press are Notes to The Book of Supplemental Diagrams for Marco Knauff s Universe, The Long Rowing Unto Morning, Trio, Two Plays for Radio and due later in 2012 In the Time of Rat (a narrative poem).Review:
Lock's work seems to emanate...from an essential strangeness, an estrangement from easily agreed-upon psychologies, from popular culture, from anything resembling a zeitgeist. It is marked by an eerie tonality and an intense, unsettled intellectual curiosity -- a Lock novel might take place during any time period, anywhere in the world. --Dawn Raffel, in The Brooklyn Rail
Wise up and get all you can of Lock. His writing was written by a writer exquisite in the singularity (read, for this, genius) of his utterance. --Gordon Lish, author, editor
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Book Description Ravenna Press, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. first edition. 96 pages. 8.30x5.50x0.40 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0985152028