Cat Scratch Fever : Fictions
Paperback, jacketed, 150 pages, 6 x 9", 1990, 0-929701-11-9
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This collection of 31 stories, which includes Kelly's celebrated "Russian Tales," is further confirmation of his "mastery of ambiguity and brief enigma" (Kirkus Reviews). A man is imprisoned by his compulsive task of escaping from jail; another recalls his youthful obsession with the slatternly beautiful daughter of his hillbilly neighbor; the colleagues of a murdered professor attempt to identify his assailant by studying the erotic poem he'd been writing at the time of his death; a man's life is overtaken by his beloved houseplant; the life and meaning of a vulture is explored... Each of the works here demonstrates Robert Kelly's well earned reputation as among the most skilled and complex writers of his generation.
Note: A selection from Cat Scratch Fever, A Transparent Tree, and Doctor of Silence was issued in 1996 in a German language volume by Residenz Verlag (Salzburg and Vienna) under the title Schlaflose Schonheit.