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Tabloid Dreams: Stories

évaluations:
3.5/5 (3 évaluations)
Longueur:
186 pages
2 heures
Sortie:
Mar 12, 2013
ISBN:
9780802193643
Format:
Livre

Description

There are a dozen ways the American Dream can go awry in this “unrepeatable . . . tour de force” of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author (The Washington Post Book World).
 
“[With] touches of Italo Calvino, Roald Dahl, and Gabriel García Márquez” the Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award–winning author dazzles with his mastery of the short story and his ability to find humor and humanity in the extremes of the American way (San Francisco Chronicle).
 
Using tabloid headlines for inspiration—among them, “Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis,” “Woman Struck by Car Turns into Nymphomaniac,” and “Titanic Victim Speaks Through Waterbed”—Butler moves from the fantastic to the realistic, and from the lurid to the transcendent, as he explores exile, loss, aspiration, and the search for self. Along the way, we meet a wife who uses her glass eye to spy on her cheating husband; a widow who sets herself on fire after losing a baking competition; a nine-year-old hit man; a woman who dates an extraterrestrial she met at Walmart; and a furtive and mournful JFK who survived the assassination.
 
“Butler peels back the sleazy veneer of the sensational to expose characters who long for love and the healing comfort of human compassion” —USA Today
 
“Read all about it: if you’re frustrated by the way nothing much seems to happen in modern short fiction, you’ll find Tabloid Dreams a whole different story.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“These stories are masterpieces.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
Tabloid Dreams is full-blown American magical realism.” —Boston Review
Sortie:
Mar 12, 2013
ISBN:
9780802193643
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, five other short story collections, sixteen novels, and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, he has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. In 2013 he won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He is the author of three historical novels, The Hot County, The Star of Istanbul and The Empire of Night, all part of Christopher Marlowe Cobb series published by No Exit Press. Reminiscent of Cobb, Robert Olen Butler trained as an actor, worked as a reporter, went to war and engaged in intelligence collection. He now teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

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  • (3/5)
    The stories were interesting, but they tended to ramble without having a real conclusion or point.
  • (3/5)
    Conceptually compelling, but too much of a literal retelling of those tabloid headlines. I was hoping for a more subtle, ironic treatment of those sensationalist stories. I'm sure this was an experimental literary achievement in its time, especially from Butler.