Altmann's Tongue

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Brian Evenson has added an O. Henry Award–winning short story, "Two Brothers," to this controversial book and a new afterword, in which he describes the troubling aftermath of the book's publication in 1994.

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Overview

Brian Evenson has added an O. Henry Award–winning short story, "Two Brothers," to this controversial book and a new afterword, in which he describes the troubling aftermath of the book's publication in 1994.

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Editorial Reviews

Seattle Weekly
"Evenson has created a fascinating, mysterious, and austere prose set in scenes that attain the precision of staged burlesque. Through the sparse economy of the plot and settings, Evenson's great moral sensibility is glimpsed behind the carnival mask of apparently frivolous murder."—Seattle Weekly
Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Showing off Evenson's myriad skills, the stories range from rural tales of death to a retelling of the biblical Job story, in which a skeletonized Job trades barbs and blows with a murderous lumberjack. . . . There is a detached brutality to the collection, similar to Beckett's novels, which, due to Evenson's precise control over language is both disturbing and compelling."—Review of Contemporary Fiction
Seattle Weekly
"Evenson has created a fascinating, mysterious, and austere prose set in scenes that attain the precision of staged burlesque. Through the sparse economy of the plot and settings, Evenson's great moral sensibility is glimpsed behind the carnival mask of apparently frivolous murder."
Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Showing off Evenson's myriad skills, the stories range from rural tales of death to a retelling of the biblical Job story, in which a skeletonized Job trades barbs and blows with a murderous lumberjack. . . . There is a detached brutality to the collection, similar to Beckett''s novels, which, due to Evenson''s precise control over language is both disturbing and compelling."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The spirit of Edgar Allan Poe inhabits this collection of violent and mysterious stories that recall not only that master of the perverse but also the seamier side of the nightly news. Death seems to arrive inevitably, often quickly, in these tales; in the title story, a man contemplates the justice of the two murders he has just committed, and, in the concluding novella, a detective relentlessly pursues a trail of bodies that leads ever closer to himself. Despite the horror present in each story, Evenson's blend of wit and shock, which plunges readers into the minds of his often demented protagonists, serves to create acceptance even as it generates repulsion; in ``Stung,'' for example, a boy seemingly kills his stepfather for no apparent reason but then is seduced, languidly and ineluctably, by his mother. Many of these tales, particularly the short-shorts, remain enigmatic, resistant to any explication; yet even they are told in such a compelling fashion that one reads not to understand but merely to witness. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803267442
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 789,464
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Evenson is an assistant professor of English at the University of Denver. He is the author of six books of fiction, including Father of Lies and Contagion: And Other Stories. Alphonso Lingis is a professor of philosophy at Penn State University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Imperative and Dangerous Emotions.

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Table of Contents

The Eye on the Killer
The Father, Unblinking 3
Killing Cats 9
Altmann's Tongue 13
The Munich Window: A Persecution 15
The Blank 43
A Slow Death 53
Extermination 63
Usurpation 69
The Abbreviated and Tragical History of the Auschwitz Barber 73
A Conversation with Brenner 75
Stung 79
My Possessions 85
After Omaha 89
Hey, Luciano! 91
Shift-Work 93
Job Eats Them Raw, with the Dogs: An Undoing 95
Hebe Kills Jarry 109
Hole 117
What Boly Seed 119
Boly, Saved of Damnation 122
Done In 127
The Evanescence of Marion le Goff 131
Bodies of Light 135
New Killers 141
Mix, Mex, Somebody 143
Her Other Bodies: A Travelogue 145
Eye 167
The Sanza Affair 171
Two Brothers 241
Afterword 267
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