Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas
By (author) William H. Gass
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Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas by William H. Gass
Book DescriptionIn the words of the late Walker Percy, William Gass is a "totally committed, totally uncompromising, and extraordinarily gifted writer." His latest work is a suite of four novellas that explore Mind, Matter, and God.In the title story, God is a writer in a constant state of fumble, Mind is a housewife cum modern-day Cassandra, and Matter is--who else?--the helpless and confused husband of Mind. In "Bed and Breakfast," the concept of salvation is explored through material possessions--a collection of kitsch--as a traveling businessman is slowly swamped by the sheer surfeit of matter in a small Illinois town. In "Emma Enters a Sentence of Elizabeth Bishop's," a young woman growing up in rural Iowa finds herself losing touch with the physical world as she loses herself in the work of her favorite poet. And in "The Master of Secret Revenges," God appears in the form of a demon to a young man named Luther, whose progress from devilish youth to satanic manhood is recounted with relish and horror.A profound exploration of good and evil, philosophy and action, marked by the wit and style that has always defined the work of William Gass.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465026203
(203mm x 135mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William H. Gass
Reading Rilke, Paperback (December 2015)
Includes poems translated from the German.
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, Paperback (December 2014)
The two novellas and three short stories it contains are all set in the Midwest, and together they offer a mythical reimagining of America's heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence.
Tests of Time, Paperback (July 2014)
In "Tests of Time" (2003), Gass shares his thoughts about writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion, including essays on classic writers and contemporaries, literary "lists" and their use, the extent and cost of political influences on writers, and the First Amendment. First published by University of Chicago Press.
World Within the Word, Paperback (July 2014)» View all books by William H. Gass
Reprint of the 1st ed. Published in 1971.
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Author Biography - William H. Gass
William Gass is the author of five books of fiction and five books of essays. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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