Stock Image

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories

Millhauser, Steven

1,953 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0307267563 / ISBN 13: 9780307267566
Published by Alfred A. Knopf
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From The Book Bin (Salem, OR, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since March 31, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 25.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.75 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

0307267563 2008. Signed by Millhauser. 244 pages. Red and orange boards with black spine titling. Boards very lightly rubbed to spine ends, else fine. Spine square. Binding sound. Dust jacket fine. Interior bright and unmarked. > SIGNED by Author. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-2002651

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

About this title

Synopsis:

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author hailed by The New Yorker as “a virtuoso of waking dreams” comes a dazzling new collection of darkly comic stories united by their obsession with obsession. In Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser transports us to unknown universes that uncannily resemble our own.

The collection is divided into three parts that fit seamlessly together as a whole. It opens with a bang, as “Cat ’n’ Mouse” reimagines the deadly ritual between cartoon rivals in a comedy of dynamite and anvils—a masterly prologue that sets the stage for the alluring, very grown-up twists that follow.

Part one, “Vanishing Acts,” features stories of risk and escape: a lonely woman disappears without a trace; a high school boy becomes entangled with his best friend’s troubled sister; and a group of teenagers play a treacherous game that pushes them deep into “the kingdom of forbidden things.”

Excess reigns in the vivid, haunting places of Part two’s “Impossible Architectures,” where domes enclose whole cities, and a king’s master miniaturist creates objects so tiny that soon his entire world is invisible.

Finally, “Heretical Histories” presents startling alternatives to the remembered past. “A Precursor of the Cinema” proposes a new, enigmatic form of illusion. And in the astonishing “The Wizard of West Orange” a famous inventor sets out to simulate the sense of touch—but success brings disturbing consequences.

Sensual, mysterious, Dangerous Laughter is a mesmerizing journey through brilliantly realized labyrinths of mortal pleasures that stretch the boundaries of the ordinary world to their limits—and occasionally beyond.

About the Author:

Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler. His story “Eisenheim the Illusionist” was the basis of the 2006 film The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College.

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

Store Description

We are a medium-sized general bookstore with approximately 100,000 books in stock of which 95% are used or remaindered and 5% are new. We have over 30,000 books listed for sale online. Our physical store includes a rare book room where we have the unusual, the fragile, and the collectible. Books in the rare book room cover a wide range of subjects with a focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror, literature and poetry, metaphysics, and children's books.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Books may be returned for any reason within two weeks of delivery. We accept Visa, Mastercard, check, PayPal or money order. Please make all checks/money orders payable to The Book Bin, Inc.


Shipping Terms:

Orders ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or over-sized we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express