Sheer Fiction, Volume Three
  • Author: West, Paul
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Pages: 200
  • Size: 6 x 9"
  • Pub. Year: 1994
  • ISBN: 0-929701-38-0
  • In Stock: Yes
Price: $22.00

We continue our presentation of Paul West's nearly universal literary interests with this third collection: a baker's dozen of essays -- with such intriguing titles as "Remembrance of Things Proust," "Middle River Stump Jump," "A Vision of Bright Cannon-Fodder," "Tan Salaam and the Aga Khan," and "Thomas Mann, Englishman" -- along with an ample section of quick takes on Abish, Barth, Vollmann, Alvarez, Genet, Beckett, Lessing, Ghose, and some twenty more. As with his earlier volumes of Sheer Fiction, half the pleasure of reading West's belles lettres is the discovery of several writers' works you've never read, and which you're thereafter compelled to plunge into with abandon. The other half, of course, is the pleasure of reading a master stylist with language and wit at his complete command.

PART ONE: ESSAYS
"Remembrance of Things Proust"
"Thomas Mann, Englishman"
"Night 1002: When It All Goes Down"
"The Absurd Revisited"
"A Vision of Bright Cannon-Fodder"
"Where Novels Come From"
"Judge Not"
"Back to My Desk"
"Shoptalk"
"Middle River Stump Jump"
"Literary Lions at the Public Library"
"Tan Salaam and the Aga Khan"
"Enemy Coast Ahead"
"Borrowed Time

PART TWO: REVIEWS
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean Genet, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Andre Gorz, Samuel Beckett, Beckett and Giacometti, Frederic Prokosch, Walter Abish, Joanna Scott, John Barth, William T. Vollmann, Zulfikar Ghose, Leslie Marmon Silko, Anne Rice, Richard Price, Mary Butts, Lawrence Norfolk, Michael Ayrton, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock, Miguel Angel Asturias, Hermann Hesse, Milan Kundera, Tom Wolfe, Santa Claus of Middle Earth, Octavio Paz, Geoffrey Moorhouse, Charles Sprawson, Art and the Double Life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, A. Alvarez, Jiri Weil, The Book of Alfred Kantor, Hitler and Canaris, Helmuth James von Moltke, Kristallnacht, War as a Soap


REVIEWS:
"Paul West brings to his essays and reviews the same razzmatazz and passion that characterize his highly burnished fiction....Unlike his two earlier collections of literary journalism, this latest volume emphasizes the essay and lecture over the review... There is something telling and thoughtful on any page..."
-- Washington Post Book World
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AUTHOR:
British by birth, American for 30 years now, Mr. West has authored an array of imaginative novels -- including Rat Man of Paris, Lord Byron's Doctor, The Place in Flowers Where Pollen Rests, The Tent of Orange Mist -- along with such non-fiction works as...
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