Alvin Greenberg How the Dead Live

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How the Dead Live

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How the Dead Live is filled not with victims of the many major traumas of our times but with individuals whose lives have been wrested from their control by the random impact of the commonplace: by accident and disease, by urban chaos, by the lost and the found.

The ancestor of this collection, as of most American short fiction, is undoubtedly Edgar Allan Poe, with characters caught up in his recognition that "to be buried alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality." Greenberg's stories are full of people who are buried in their own lives and strugling with whatever crude tools come to hand--humor, despair, confrontation, acceptance--to carve out a little underground space where they can breathe. Through small moments of the ridiculous and larger moments of emotional conversation, the stories re-enact the drama of how we are all to survive our own immersion in the inexplicable.

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"Death, disguised as a rabbi, gets stuck in traffic in one of Alvin Greenberg's remarkable stories. Eerie, wry, and humane, these tales are both comforting and unsettling, because they bring us the darkest news with great equanimity. There is another side to everything, including mortality, and Alvin Greenberg seems to have been there and brought these stories back."--Charles Baxter

How the Dead Live is filled not with victims of the many major traumas of our times but with individuals whose lives have been wrested from their control by the random impact of the commonplace: by accident and disease, by urban chaos, by the lost and the found.

The ancestor of this collection, as of most American short fiction, is undoubtedly Edgar Allan Poe, with characters caught up in his recognition that "to be buried alive is, beyond question, the most terrific of these extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality." Greenberg's stories are full of people who are buried in their own lives and strugling with whatever crude tools come to hand--humor, despair, confrontation, acceptance--to carve out a little underground space where they can breathe. Through small moments of the ridiculous and larger moments of emotional conversation, the stories re-enact the drama of how we are all to survive our own immersion in the inexplicable.

Alvin Greenberg is the author of several novels, collections of short stories, poetry books, and opera libretti. His short story collection Delta q won the Associated Writing Programs' Short Fiction Prize, and his work has twice been included in Best American Short Stories. Greenberg teaches at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Alvin Greenberg is the author of several novels, collections of short stories, poetry books, and opera libretti. His short story collection Delta q won the Associated Writing Programs' Short Fiction Prize, and his work has twice been included in Best American Short Stories. Greenberg teaches at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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