Black Freckles: Stories

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With the publication in 1971 of his first book of poems, Wrecking Crew, Larry Levis at age twenty-five immediately established himself as a literary talent to watch. Since then, four more books and a host of prestigious awards--including the Lamont prize in 1976 for The Afterlife and a National Poetry Series selection in 1981 for The Dollmaker's Ghost--have solidified his reputation as one of our finest contemporary poets. In Black Freckles, his first collection of fiction, Levis switches genres with his dazzling...
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With the publication in 1971 of his first book of poems, Wrecking Crew, Larry Levis at age twenty-five immediately established himself as a literary talent to watch. Since then, four more books and a host of prestigious awards--including the Lamont prize in 1976 for The Afterlife and a National Poetry Series selection in 1981 for The Dollmaker's Ghost--have solidified his reputation as one of our finest contemporary poets. In Black Freckles, his first collection of fiction, Levis switches genres with his dazzling stylistic powers intact. In these eight vivid and unforgettable stories, Levis explores the nature of beauty and loss, and how sometimes they are inextricably connected. Combining a dreamlike sense of time with images startling for their visceral immediacy, Levis's prose astonishes with its imaginative force and linguistic brilliance. In the title story, set in Belgrade, a young man's disturbing ruminations on the world around him depict the injuries a politically repressive society can inflict on the processes of love and memory. "A Divinity in its Fraying Fact" examines the events surrounding the drowning of a young priest, recalled by the boy whose mother discovered the corpse in the family's swimming pool. In "An Illustration of the Castle" Levis reaches across history to present a timeless monologue from a deposed emperor whose conquests ultimately leave him with a sense of loss and futility. Black Freckles pushes the accepted boundaries of the possible in narrative fiction. Each of these stories possesses the same nostalgia-tinged intelligence and lyric energy that has made Larry Levis one of the most widely read and respected poets of our time.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this ingeniously constructed labyrinth of eight stories, poet Levis ( The Widening Spell of the Leaves ) leads readers down a variety of dizzying ideological paths. Starting with a schoolroom in Belgrade, where a small boy spots a ``minute Milky Way'' of shockingly black freckles swarming across his history teacher's shoulders, the author seizes as subjects the politicization of history and the nature of memory. The freckles are significant in their purposelessness: they refuse ``to refer to anything except themselves.'' These spots--which expand and contract with each breath--represent an innocent vision that vanishes with age. All of the tales are wound in this fashion around ideas rather than characters: events and people are often revealed as illusory, figments of the author's many-angled musings. Neither voices nor locations are consistent: the book's terrain shifts from Eastern Europe to ancient Rome to Oaxaca. Instead, Levis forges connections between stories by means of incantatory verbal rhythms and stunning images. The seductive befuddlement is intentional . Mystery may not satisfy everyone, but for Levis, ``the purpose of a maze is to change the ones who wander there, until they believe their knowledge of it is so complete that they lose their way with confidence.'' (May)
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A poet whose books include The Dollmaker's Ghost ( LJ 6/15/81), Winter Stars ( LJ 6/1/85), and The Widening Spell of Leaves (Univ. of Pittsburgh Pr., 1991) here publishes fiction for the first time and, as one would expect, provides stories that sentence by sentence are a pleasure to read. Eight monologs by distant men, remote either geographically (Belgrade, Rome) or historically (one is a deposed ancient emperor), offer elegiac chronicles of loss. Women rarely speak, appearing primarily to take off their clothes, objects of the narrators' gaze. Eschewing traditional storytelling, these pieces progress in a ruminative manner, guided by the process of remembering and interrupted by time-worn discussions on narrative method--plus some terribly grand thoughts. Some readers will find the stories beautifully inventive, others will call them precious and pointless. Both are right.-- Brian Kenney, St. John's Univ. Lib., Queens, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879054564
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Pages: 112

Table of Contents

Black Freckles 1
Roulette 19
In Memory of Something or Other 29
Three Illustrations 35
A Divinity in Its Fraying Fact 69
Into the Marbling of the Maze 81
An Illustration of the Castle 89
The Fire Eaters of Oaxaca 99
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