The Human Country
New and Collected Stories
By (author) Harry Mathews
Human Country by Harry Mathews
Book DescriptionAvailable For The First Time In One Volume, The Very Best Of Mathews's Short Fiction; This expertly designed original paperback presents a comprehensive collection of internationally renowned poet and novelist Harry Mathews' short prose. From the hilarious 'The Broadcast,' in which the narrator learns from a radio program that everything he needs in life should fit into one sock, to 'Calibration of Latitude,' which follows Sir Joseph Pernican on a meandering and seemingly aimless but deeply moving journey, this is a long-awaited addition to Mathew's beloved and masterful canon.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781564783219
(213mm x 160mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Harry Mathews
Silences, or a Woman's Life, Paperback (January 2013)
When a woman falls into a coma, her daughter accompanies her through six weeks of agony, bearing witness to the prolonged death imposed upon her by the monstrous machine of modern medicine. During this final voyage through the fog, the narrator attempts to reconstruct the portrait of a woman who she deeply loved.
Laurels of Lake Constance, Paperback (August 2012)
Originally published in French as Les lauriers du Lac de Constance by editions du Seuil in 1974.
Blue of Noon, Paperback (June 2012)View all books by Harry Mathews
Set against the backdrop of Europe's slide into Fascism, this title provides an account of depravity and violence. Exploring the dark forces beneath the surface of civilization, it is torn between identifying with history's victims and being seduced by the monstrous glamour of its terrible victors.
US Kirkus Review » A sheaf of Mathews's artifacts from the past twenty years or so, perhaps only for connoisseurs of the gold-packed sentence, including early stories from Country Cooking (1980), midcareer stories from The American Experience (1984), plus ten fresh new pieces (Singular Pleasures, 1993). The collection opens gloriously with a story not for everyone, a factual fiction that flows from Mathews's 1952 Harvard degree in music: 1980's "Tradition and the Individual Talent: The 'Bratislava Spicatto' "-a cellular fantasia on late-romantic conductors, composers, artists, and their familial crossbreeding (the floating affinity of who's related to whom), which tells of the invention of the Russian mode of unplucked pizzicato bowing on the violin-or maybe we've got that wrong, but, aside from its convivial linguistics as it follows the webbings of talent among musical artists, it bears no tie to T.S. Eliot's famous 1922 essay of the same name (minus the subcolonnic "The 'Brataslava Spiccato' "). "The Dialect of the Tribe" gives a supremely tortuous look into Pagolak, the language of a remote New Guinea tribe that refuses to translate and, indeed, means to be untranslatable, unless you approach it with "a ripeness as for dying"-and even that won't be enough. "Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)" is quite likely the best satire on cookbooks ever written and focuses on shoulder of lamb with double stuffing (farce double). "The Taxidermist" tells of a woman who charges a flat rate and, when done, tips up "the flag of her antique taxi meter on her bedside table." One cannot read all these stories at once, however brief the book, and couldn't even at half this length. The mind can hold just so much surrealism at a time before it waddles about doubly stuffed with farce double. Hairpin turns on Piranesi paragraphs that often climb nowhere and twist the brain into taffy. Wonder full. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Harry Mathews
Harry Mathews has written over a dozen books, including the novels Cigarettes and Tlooth, along with his collected essays, The Case of the Persevering Maltese. Mathews is a member of the Oulipo--France's longest-lived and most active literary group. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.
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