Thirteen Stories and Thirteen Epitaphs

By William T. Vollmann

This beautiful new number of tales confirms William T. Vollmann's becoming attractiveness because the American author whose books "tower over the paintings of his contemporaries via advantage in their huge, immense variety, large ambition, stylistic bold, broad studying, audacious innovation, and sardonic wit" (Washington submit e-book World). a lot of these traits are in proof during this assortment during which the nature of the author and that of a few of his intimates - either genuine and imaginary - floor and resurface in a chain of striking events and encounters. incredible tales body this assortment. the 1st, "The Ghost of Magnetism, " tells a few younger guy leaving San Francisco to develop into a type of literary hobo dwelling on his freeze-dried stories. The final, "The Grave of misplaced tales, " describes the loss of life of Poe in a fungus-encrusted tomb someplace deep within the earth. this is the colourful and disreputable staff of individuals primary to us from Vollmann's previous fiction - pimps, tramps, pornographers, witch medical professionals and massage-parlor ladies. inside those tales, Vollmann supplies us probably the most looking, strange, and subversive perspectives of the USA this present day.

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