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Calamities
by Renee Gladman


Overview - A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781940696287
  • ISBN-10: 1940696283
  • Publisher: Wave Books
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 144
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Literary Collections > American - General
Books > Literary Collections > Essays
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fiction writer Gladman’s elusive and exquisite nonfiction collection investigates the potential and limitations of writing and narrative. The book comprises vignettes that are both critical and personal. In each one, Gladman (The Ravikians) constructs an intimate portrait of the writer at work. She is both playful and serious in tone, ruminating on the various romantic couplings among colleagues during a faculty meeting, looking for a “poetics of space” in Antonioni’s film Red Desert with creative writing students, or pondering loneliness in the “little white city” where she teaches. Each vignette doubles as an investigation into a literary or artistic form, from poetry to drawing. Blending the everyday with the profound, she asks, “I began the day staring into the face of the question of narrative—was anybody still interested in it, and, if so, why?” Gladman pushes up against the boundaries of narrative while nestling comfortably within it. Her prose is vivid, meandering, and acute. Gladman’s love affair with writing comes through when she describes “writing so as not to write, so to find the limit (that last line) beyond which the body is free to roam outside once more.” The book is a welcome addition to the tradition of experimental literature exploring the boundaries of genre, identity, and artistic expression. (Sept.)

 
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