Magnetic Field(s)

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Organized around the idea that "you can't know what a magnetic field is like unless you're inside of it," Ron Loewinsohn's first novel opens from the disturbing perspective of a burglar in the midst of a robbery and travels through the thoughts and experiences (both real and imaginary) of a group of characters whose lives are connected both coincidentally and intimately. All of the characters have a common desire to imagine and invent rather horrifying stories about the lives of...

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Overview

Organized around the idea that "you can't know what a magnetic field is like unless you're inside of it," Ron Loewinsohn's first novel opens from the disturbing perspective of a burglar in the midst of a robbery and travels through the thoughts and experiences (both real and imaginary) of a group of characters whose lives are connected both coincidentally and intimately. All of the characters have a common desire to imagine and invent rather horrifying stories about the lives of people around them.

As the novel develops, certain phrasings and images recur improbably, drawing the reader into a subtle linguistic game that calls into question the nature of authorship, the ways we inhabit and invade each other's lives, and the shape of fiction itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Loewinsohn knows how to conjure, how to surprise the reader, which may be the best, or at least the rarest, of the novelist's talents." - Anatole Broyard, New York Times

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"Loewinsohn's novel displays an unmistakably impressive talent, the composure and resources not of a 'first' but of an accomplished novelist." -- Publishers Weekly

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"An ingenious little jewel of writing." - Booklist

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Library Journal
Released by Knopf in 1983, this is the story of Albert, an apprentice burglar. But to Albert breaking and entering doesn't mean just into houses; he supports himself through thievery, but his real goal is to break and enter into his victim's lives. We've all got something to hide, and Albert thrills at rooting out those dirty little secrets that lie behind locked doors. The psychological aspects of being robbed are far creepier than the loss of physical items. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782823
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Loewinsohn is the author of five books of poetry, among them Watermelons, L'Autre, and Goat Dances. He has received numerous grants and awards, including a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He currently lives in Berkeley, California and teaches at the University of California. Steve Erickson, former Arts Editor for the Los Angeles Weekly, is the acclaimed author of numerous works of literary science fiction and non-fiction, including The Sea Came at Midnight, Tours of the Black Clock, and Amnesiascope.

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