Title: THE WORLD IS THE HOME OF LOVE AND DEATH - ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Henry Holt And Company, 1997
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 312 pages. Published in 1997. Posthumous collection of the author's finest short stories. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Harold Brodkey's "The World Is The Home of Love And Death". Published one year after his untimely death from AIDS. Harold Brodkey completes the extraordinary literary voyage that began with the publication of his first short story in The New Yorker Magazine in 1952. During the past four decades, Brodkey established himself as a Modern Master of short fiction. In this extraordinary collection, Harold Brodkey returns to themes he has treated so memorably in the past: The conformity and stupefying monotony of suburbia, the malevolence of cocktail-party conversation, bringing to them a new refinement and compression. In all of these stories, Brodkey proves that there has never been a more acute translator of the language of power, coercion, and ultimately, love. It is altogether appropriate that Brodkey's final return to fiction should be to the short story, a form that he has influenced so profoundly. An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Brodkey collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. "First Love and Other Stories" is regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical titles of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BRODKEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0805055134. Bookseller Inventory # 929
Synopsis: Here is the third and final volume of short stories from one of America's greatest fiction writers--Brodkey at his most mature, insightful, elegant, and wise. The writer returns here to the themes he has treated so memorably in the past--the conformity and stupefying monotony of suburbia, the malevolence of cocktail-party conversation, the subtle dynamics of sexual power--bringing to them new refinement and compression. National as.
Review: The literary world waited a long time for Harold Brodkey's first novel, The Runaway Soul, and perhaps that 25-year wait raised expectations much too high; published in 1991, the 800-page book received mixed reviews. Though The Runaway Soul eventually came to an end, the life of its protagonist, Wiley Silenowicz, goes on in this posthumously published collection of short stories, The World Is the Home of Love and Death.
All of Brodkey's considerable strengths and occasional weaknesses are on display in these stories: brilliant language and an acute understanding of character illuminate tales of orphaned Wiley and his adopted family, the Silenowiczes: his mercurial father, S.L.; seductive mother Ida; and vengeful sister Nonie. But if the writing and characterization are brilliant, Brodkey's penchant for dragging out the tiniest moment through incessant examination can be trying for readers hoping for some forward motion in the narrative. Plot is not one of Brodkey's strong points, but the beauty of his writing renders readers willing to be swept along on the sheer force of his prose.
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