William Gass is the author of five books of fiction and five books of essays. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Cartesian Sonata And Other Novellasby William H. Gass
In the words of the late Walker Percy, William Gass is a “totally committed, totally uncompromising, and extraordinarily gifted writer.” His latest work is a suite of four novellas that explore Mind, Matter, and God.In the title story, God is a writer in a constant state of fumble, Mind is a housewife cum modern-day Cassandra, and Matter iswho
In the words of the late Walker Percy, William Gass is a “totally committed, totally uncompromising, and extraordinarily gifted writer.” His latest work is a suite of four novellas that explore Mind, Matter, and God.In the title story, God is a writer in a constant state of fumble, Mind is a housewife cum modern-day Cassandra, and Matter iswho else?the helpless and confused husband of Mind. In “Bed and Breakfast,” the concept of salvation is explored through material possessionsa collection of kitschas a traveling businessman is slowly swamped by the sheer surfeit of matter in a small Illinois town. In “Emma Enters a Sentence of Elizabeth Bishop's,” a young woman growing up in rural Iowa finds herself losing touch with the physical world as she loses herself in the work of her favorite poet. And in “The Master of Secret Revenges,” God appears in the form of a demon to a young man named Luther, whose progress from devilish youth to satanic manhood is recounted with relish and horror.A profound exploration of good and evil, philosophy and action, marked by the wit and style that has always defined the work of William Gass.
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It is always Good to findout about another Writer who is a Master.. and this Master is lesser known by the general readers.. who will unfortunately discover his writing to be rather difficult.. if they've not read a lot of post-modernisim.. Gass is along the lines of Thomas Pynchon And William Gaddis.. This novella Collection.. feels more like one novel.. or has consistent thematic elements that we Find in all of Gass's work, funny , weird, and Rather Disturbing.. though written in a singular style!