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Blood and Soap
     

Blood and Soap

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by Linh Dinh
 

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ISBN-10: 1583226427

ISBN-13: 9781583226421

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

Blood and Soap is a breakthrough collection of modern-day fables from a wildly inventive American writer whose fiction has been called "terse and edgy" (Booklist) and "vividly imagined" (Kirkus Reviews). Dinh's gift is for constructing, in the manner of Italo Calvino, simple narratives that quickly frame larger questions; with a poet's timing, the author builds his

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Blood and Soap is a breakthrough collection of modern-day fables from a wildly inventive American writer whose fiction has been called "terse and edgy" (Booklist) and "vividly imagined" (Kirkus Reviews). Dinh's gift is for constructing, in the manner of Italo Calvino, simple narratives that quickly frame larger questions; with a poet's timing, the author builds his stories to the one or few climactic sentences that brand them with unforgettable meaning. In one tale, a Vietnamese boy's self-guided, haphazard study of English gives way to a meditation on the universality of language: "Everything seems chaotic at first, but nothing is chaotic. One can read anything: ants crawling on the ground; pimples on a face; trees in a forest." In another story, a man opens a newspaper and sees the photograph of a man he may have murdered, which he impulsively clips, only to feel that in doing so he unwittingly has sealed his crime: "As soon as I finished, I realized what I had done: by cutting my father's likeness out of the newspaper, I had removed him from the world." The collection crescendoes in displays of raw creative power, as in "Eight Plots," a rapid-fire of three- and four-sentence summaries, and the brilliant, impressionistic "!"
Blood and Soap is an arresting collection from one of a small number of writers on the vanguard of American fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583226421
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.07(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsv
Prisoner with a Dictionary1
Our Northernmost Governor5
"!"9
The Town of the Hidden Coffin19
Those Who Are No Longer with Us25
Our Newlyweds31
Eight Plots39
One-Sentence Stories41
Man Carrying Books47
Viet Cong University49
Elvis Phong Is Dead!51
A Plane Ride55
A Floating Community59
Key Words61
1363
Food Conjuring67
Food Conjuring II71
$73
A Happy Couple79
These Ants81
A Moral Decision83
Tiny Spaces85
Murder or Suicide?87
Losers91
The Fire Escape93
What's Showing?99
Two Intellectuals105
Stewart Crenshaw111
An Idea of Home121
Costa San Giorgio123
The Self-Portraitist of Signa124
Luisa Loves Her Husband125
Parmigiano Cheese129
A Worshipper of Beauty131
A Moving Exhibition of Reptiles133
Two Kings135
My Grandfather the Exceptional137

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