Static of the Spheres

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Peter Leroy recalls his maternal grandfather’s attempt to build a shortwave radio, a project that begins with an article in Impractical Craftsman magazine promising "hour after interminable hour of baffling precision work." After many, many hours spent watching his grandfather labor at his basement workbench, Peter at last gets to put the earphones on, flip the switch, and twiddle the dials. Through the crackling and sussurous static he detects...
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Cover Design and Illustration By Armen Kojoyian Cambridge, MA 1983 Paperback First Edition Fine 12mo-over 6?"-7?" tall. Signed by Author First printing of the Applewood trade ... paperback original edition [full number line on copyright page]. Fourth book in the 'Peter Leroy' serial novel published in 8 individual paperback parts every few months between 1982 and 1985 and collected [with the previously unpublished part 9] in the 1992 hardcover edition 'Little Follies'. 96pp. Pictorial card covers. Cover price 4.95. Signed by Kraft to title page. Book appears in fine, unread condition. " 'The Personal History' is one large work of fiction composed of many interconnected parts. Its parts are the memoirs and collected works of a fictional character, Peter Leroy, who tells an alternative version of his life story; explores the effect of imagination on perception, memory, hope, and fear; holds a fun-house mirror to scenes of life in the United States; ruminates upon the nature of the universe and the role of human co Read more Show Less

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Peter Leroy recalls his maternal grandfather’s attempt to build a shortwave radio, a project that begins with an article in Impractical Craftsman magazine promising "hour after interminable hour of baffling precision work." After many, many hours spent watching his grandfather labor at his basement workbench, Peter at last gets to put the earphones on, flip the switch, and twiddle the dials. Through the crackling and sussurous static he detects the sounds of love and lust, joy and sorrow, hope and loss.

LENGTH: novella, approximately 20,000 words, 96 pages in the trade paperback edition

The fourth installment of the life of Peter Leroy, centering on the construction by 10-year-old Peter's grandfather of a short-wave radio.

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Editorial Reviews

Anna Shapiro
Baroque as the narration is, poking in several directions at once, it is always moving forward, in a way that both reflects and exemplifies the passage of time. Proustian in intent, if not in style . . . a deceptively modest attempt to render the very substance of experience in its smallest, stop-action increments. . . .
Anthony Brandt
Eric Kraft’s essential subject is suburban boyhood—in particular, that moment when it loses its innocence. . . . Like Lawrence Sterne, Kraft is unashamedly sentimental, digressive, and extremely funny; like Proust, profoundly nostalgic and obsessed with loss. The typical Kraft novel is a laugh-out-loud read with undertones of grief and ruefulness.
John Strausbaugh
The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy is one of the biggest, funniest, sweetest, and looniest undertakings in contemporary American fiction.
Kate Bernheimer
[Kraft’s Peter Leroy] series is smart, funny, warmly inviting, and delightfully impossible to define.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780918222497
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1983
  • Series: Peter LeRoy Ser.

Meet the Author

Eric Kraft grew up in Babylon, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island, where he was for a time co-owner and co-captain of a clam boat, which sank. He met or invented the character Peter Leroy while dozing over a German lesson during his first year at Harvard. The following year, he married his muse, Madeline Canning; they have two sons. After earning a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kraft taught school in the Boston area for a while, moonlighting as a rock music critic for the Boston Phoenix. Since then, he has undertaken a variety of hackwork to support the Kraft ménage and the writing of the voluminous work of fiction that he calls The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy. He has been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; was, briefly, chairman of PEN New England; and has been awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
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