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A giddy mixture of Lawrence Sterne and Tristan Tzara, Cistern Tawdry uses graphics, typographics, poetry, and prose narration to tell the story of a man who dies and is reborn in a quest to save his unborn child. Eckhard Gerdes is a writer whose energy and wit are always in the service of emotional and heartfelt storytelling; that he accomplishes this while also working at the very edge of the avant-garde is an almost unbelievable bonus. There is an excitement to reading his work which comes from the discovery that the freedom and power of the novel form are greater than the reader ever suspected. Cistern Tawdry is Eckhard Gerdes' magnum opus, his greatest work to date.
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Eckhard Gerdes teaches creative writing and English at Macon State College in Georgia. He holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the author of three previously published novels: Projections (No Press, 1986), Truly Fine Citizen (Highlander Press, 1989), Ring in a River (Depth Charge, 1994; reprint, Authors Choice Press, 2001). His fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including Oyez Review, Coe Review, Rampike, Jacob?s Ladder, and U-Turn. He also regularly reviews books for The Review of Contemporary Fiction and The Hyde Park Review of Books. He is editor of The Journal of Experimental Fiction series of books, which include Belighted Fiction (2001); John Barth, Bearded Bards & Splitting Hairs (2001); and The Laugh that Laughs at the Laugh: Writing from and about the Pen Man, Raymond Federman (2002).Review:
Nothing can catch me: not science-roman-poetry nor calligraphic epithets nor collegial epaulets nor columnal epitaphs. -- Cistern Tawdry, "Cistern Tawdry"
Verbally explosive, energetic, hyperbolic language rich in typographic play...the page as field of action. --Karl Jirgens, "Rampike"
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Book Description Fugue State Press, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111879193094
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Book Description Fugue State Press, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1879193094