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Altmann's Tongue

Altmann's Tongue

by Brian Evenson
     
 

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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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.

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
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803267442
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
531,084
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(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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