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Title:
The best-known man in the world and other misfits
Author:
Pearlman, Daniel.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Durham, NC : Aardwolf Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
256 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Short stories.
Language:
English
Contents:
The best-known man in the world -- The drang of speaking forth -- The Vatican's secret cabinet -- Cogitor, ergo sum -- The circus hand's desertion -- Over the H.I.L.L. -- The Einstein-Jung connection -- The colonel's jeep -- Spellchecked -- Death in the des(s)ert -- The fall of the house -- Zeno evil.
ISBN:
9780970622501
Format :
Book

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Pearlman writes slices of ordinary life seen from strange angles and of strange life viewed as though they were ordinary. Events in them aren't always what they seem. The opening story, "The Best-Known Man in the World," follows a poet who records his life in increasingly minute detail, only to become known not for his poetry but for the life he has archived. The concluding story, "Zeno Evil," is a disturbing and clever take on the ancient Greek's famous paradox. The tales in between delve into everything from the secret treasures of the Vatican to the bizarre love life of a circus midget. As the title's ending suggests, the stories' characters all live on some fringe or other, whether it be a self-maintained fantasy world, as in "Death in the Des(s)ert," or a remote Jewish community in Russia, as in "The Colonel's Jeep." Whatever the situation, each tale's skewed perspective on a fictional identity provides insight into everyday life along with a surreal and fantastic reading experience. --Regina Schroeder