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Some trick : thirteen stories
Some trick : thirteen stories
DeWitt, Helen, 1957- author.
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
Publication Information:
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2018]
Physical Description:
viii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove "more complicated than they had first appeared" and "at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate." In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt's signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly "taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination."
General Note:
"A new directions book" -- title page.
Brutto -- My heart belongs to Bertie -- On the town -- Remember me -- Climbers -- Improvisation is the heart of music -- Famous last words -- The French style of Mlle Matsumoto -- Stolen luck -- In which Nick buys a Harley -- Trevor -- Plantinga -- Entourage.
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