Dimitri Anastasopoulos Farm for Mutes

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Farm for Mutes

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What if an eavesdropper were listening to every detail of your daily life through a crafty bugging device? What if, after snooping around, he lay in wait for you? For just the right moment to visit your home?

In FARM FOR MUTES, Dimitri Anastasopoulos pries into the lives of one couple--an audio restoration expert and his germaphobic wife--and their sterile but abiding love for one another. At once comic and caustic, pitiless and tender, FARM FOR MUTES takes a remorseless look at a digital age infatuated with reproduction and presentation, performance and media.

This is the story of Luther, a self-engrossed tinkerer, and his wife Sybil. They're aging fast, their lives accelerating toward an evolutionary moment they both hope to stall. Their eavesdropping visitor allows them a final chance at harmony with the universe before he whisks one of them away.

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Dimitri Anastasopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He is the author of A LARGER SENSE OF HARVEY (2001) and FARM FOR MUTES (2013), both published by MAMMOTH books. He teaches fiction writing and contemporary literature at the University of Buffalo, SUNY.

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"Anastasopoulos writes stunning descriptions (a drunk woman's voice: "her lisps, her sibilant tongue-swallowing, hardly sounded like a language at all, more like a sea creature gasping for breath, trying to relate everything there was to say about living at the bottom of the sea in the few seconds of surfacing above water"); uses scenes rarely, but to great effect (two children torturing a frog is a moving short story of its own); and concludes with a pastiche of that definitively 19th-century trope--the recovered travel log."--Pank Magazine.

"In Farm for Mutes, the narrator toys with realism in large stretches of the novel, though the first section opens with an unsettlingly inexplicable mystery. Mary Pinker may have been abducted. Yet it really seems she has disappeared into her own scream, a creepy and compelling reading experience that defines Anastasopoulos's cosmological realism." American Book Review

"A Larger Sense of Harvey is a challenging, multilayered novel, structurally and thematically. Anastasopoulos, a talented writer, possesses a fertile imagination. -- The Review of Contemporary Fiction, October 2001

"A Larger Sense of Harvey is an eccentric high-dive into language...concerned with divergences between source and translation; experience and memory. -- Rain Taxi

"Breathes fresh life and perspective into the existential novel...An ambitious engaging tour-de-force...It should someday become a classic." -- American Book Review

"Farm for Mutes is a refreshing read for readers who like their literary escapades with a touch of weird. If anything, the world will seem a little stranger to anyone having read it. Through his clever and compelling prose, Anastasopoulos imbues a creepy air of mystery that permeates this unconventional read." -- The ForeWord Review

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