Storytown: Stories (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

3.64 avg rating
( 25 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781564780942: Storytown: Stories (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

The distinctions between art and life are blurred in this unsettling and tantalizing first collection of short fiction by novelist Susan Daitch ("The Colorist," ?"L.C."). In fifteen stories, all concerning "strange displacements of the ordinary," Daitch examines the fringes of the art world in the 20th century. Characters restore or duplicate art objects (legally and otherwise), dub dialogue for foreign films, and look to old movies for guidance.

In the title story (based upon a legendary amusement park in upstate New York), a woman works at a children's theme park, where Alice in Wonderland mourns for the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has joined the marines. Combining "downtown aesthetics" with a vivid historical imagination, Susan Daitch's stories have the same qualities that have earned her novels wide praise.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Susan Daitch is the author of four works of fiction. Her short fiction has been included in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Fiction, Tin House, Guernica, Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, The Brooklyn Rail, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Ploughshares, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Her work has been the recipient of two Vogelstein awards. Her novel L.C. won an NEA Heritage Award and was a Lannan Foundation Selection. She teaches at Hunter College.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A first collection, from the author of L.C. (1987) and The Colorist (1989), brings together 15 fictions, some of which have appeared in the edgier small-press mags, which is not surprising given the postmodern play of ideas that defines most of Daitch's work. Many of the meta-level narratives here, full of references to pop culture and cinema, are fundamentally lifeless, more concerned with notions of art and interpretation than with telling stories. Two exceptions stand out from a relatively dire bunch. In the long story ``Doubling,'' a courtroom artist is visited by her cousin from Italy, who slowly takes over her apartment and sets up shop as an art forger. The two become partners, eventually inventing a lost artist whose work they churn out for European art markets. Equally intriguing is the title piece, set in a Lake George theme park, where young people act out roles from children's books. While both stories play with the relation between art and reality, they also rely on character and texture, which can't be said for many of Daitch's deliberately more abstract pieces, including a series of very short takes on print culture in France, a dialogue between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, and a triptych including descriptions of a mutilated painting by Correggio, massacred bodies in El Salvador, and the Soviet exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair. Many of Daitch's self-reflexive narratives concern the fringes--and substrata--of the art world. A number of them take off from real and imaginary historical episodes: Eleanor Marx's trip to the States; Oscar Wilde in Coney Island; spies and conmen in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. At her worst, the author plays with some Burroughs-like techniques, randomly quoting from newspapers or simply itemizing surreal images. Daitch explores the nature of art and the meaning of defacement, destruction, and duplication in fictions that invite their own deconstruction. -- Copyright 1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Daitch, Susan
Published by Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1564780945. Bookseller Inventory # Z1564780945ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 7.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Daitch, Susan
Published by Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Vital Products COM LLC
(southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1564780945. Bookseller Inventory # Z1564780945ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Daitch, Susan
Published by Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1564780945. Bookseller Inventory # Z1564780945ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Daitch, Susan
Published by Dalkey Archive Press 1996-04-01 (1996)
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Ebooksweb COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press 1996-04-01, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. 1564780945. Bookseller Inventory # Z1564780945ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Daitch, Susan
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9793041

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Susan Daitch
Published by Dalkey Archive Press, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New.. 213 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The distinctions between art and life are blurred in this unsettling and tantalizing first collection of short fiction by novelist Susan Daitch ( The Colorist, ? L.C. ). In fifteen stories, all concerning strange displacements of the ordinary, Daitch examines the fringes of the art world in the 20th century. Characters restore or duplicate art objects (legally and otherwise), dub dialogue for foreign films, and look to old movies for guidance. In the title story (based upon a legendary amusement park in upstate New York), a woman works at a children s theme park, where Alice in Wonderland mourns for the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has joined the marines. Combining downtown aesthetics with a vivid historical imagination, Susan Daitch s stories have the same qualities that have earned her novels wide praise. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781564780942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Susan Daitch
Published by Dalkey Archive Press, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New.. 213 x 140 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The distinctions between art and life are blurred in this unsettling and tantalizing first collection of short fiction by novelist Susan Daitch ( The Colorist, ? L.C. ). In fifteen stories, all concerning strange displacements of the ordinary, Daitch examines the fringes of the art world in the 20th century. Characters restore or duplicate art objects (legally and otherwise), dub dialogue for foreign films, and look to old movies for guidance. In the title story (based upon a legendary amusement park in upstate New York), a woman works at a children s theme park, where Alice in Wonderland mourns for the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has joined the marines. Combining downtown aesthetics with a vivid historical imagination, Susan Daitch s stories have the same qualities that have earned her novels wide praise. Bookseller Inventory # BZE9781564780942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Susan Daitch
Published by Dalkey Archive Press, United States (1996)
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press, United States, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New.. 213 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The distinctions between art and life are blurred in this unsettling and tantalizing first collection of short fiction by novelist Susan Daitch ( The Colorist, ? L.C. ). In fifteen stories, all concerning strange displacements of the ordinary, Daitch examines the fringes of the art world in the 20th century. Characters restore or duplicate art objects (legally and otherwise), dub dialogue for foreign films, and look to old movies for guidance. In the title story (based upon a legendary amusement park in upstate New York), a woman works at a children s theme park, where Alice in Wonderland mourns for the Sheriff of Nottingham, who has joined the marines. Combining downtown aesthetics with a vivid historical imagination, Susan Daitch s stories have the same qualities that have earned her novels wide praise. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781564780942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Daitch, Susan
Published by Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dalkey Archive Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 1564780945 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Bookseller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI634168

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Susan Daitch
ISBN 10: 1564780945 ISBN 13: 9781564780942
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. 140mm x 15mm x 217mm. Paperback. The distinctions between art and life are blurred in this unsettling and tantalizing first collection of short fiction by novelist Susan Daitch (The Colorist, L.C.). In fifteen stories, a.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 204 pages. 0.299. Bookseller Inventory # 9781564780942

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book