Title: The Logic Of The World And Other Fictions
Publisher: McPherson & Company
Publication Date: 2010
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 223 p. Audience: General/trade. A collection of Kelly's fictions. These stories are unlike anything you've ever read. Lush language that stimulates the imagination. Very good in very good dust jacket. A near fine copy. Very clean and solid. First edition. First Edition. First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000320
Synopsis: Four previous volumes of Robert Kelly's manifestly original fictions have been hailed as ?exhilarating...full of signs and wonders?; in the New York Times Book Review, ?sparking, multiform, yet indivisible? in American Book Review, and ?tantalizing, unsettling? in the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Choice rightly points to his ?affinities with the writings of Borges, Nabokov, Calvino, and Coover.? The thirty works in this fifth collection of short fictions the first to appear in sixteen years knowingly trespass into fictional realms of droll lyricism, audacious description, studied anachronism, sensual immediacy and subtle compassion. In one, a woman waits at a window for the moon to return her body; another reveals the triple identity of Don Juan; in still another, an itinerant tragedian invents a dangerous form of theatrical performance; in the title story (which has been selected for inclusion in Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010) a dragon questions a youthful knight's errancy, as well as his sanity. Scattered throughout are nine pieces known as ?sudden fiction? a genre Kelly named, while other tales appear in the guises of myths, letters, rituals, and quite frequently dreams. ?That is the single mystery of sleep,? one narrator reminds, ?to teach us to wake up.? The author's agile imagination mines from the thick substance of language the numinous qualities buried within it. His fictions defy the conventionally plotted short story, and seem to conjure narrative from an infinitely recombinant DNA of the psyche. After reading The Logic of the World, the reader risks awakening to discover a hitherto unexplored territory of the mind.
About the Author: Robert Kelly was born in 1935 in Brooklyn, and educated at CCNY and Columbia, where he studied mediaeval literature and linguistics. His first book, Armed Descent, was published in 1961; since then he has published over sixty more, including novels, short fiction collections, and poetry, receiving many awards. He has been especially interested in collaborations with artists ( The Garden of Distances, Shame) and other poets ( Mont Blanc, Unquell the Dawn Now). For over fifty years he has been involved with such celebrated journals as Chelsea, Trobar, Caterpillar, Alcheringa, and Conjunctions. For almost a half century he has taught at Bard College, where he is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and co-directs the Program in Written Arts. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, the translator Charlotte Mandell.
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