Under the Shadow

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Under the Shadowtakes the form of fifty-nine brief sketches with simple nouns as titles. These exquisite vignettes take place on a plane at once surreal, abstract, and ominous, describing a set of people and incidents derived largely from fragments of conversation and gossip gathered here and there. They are reminiscent of Raymond Roussel's characters amid his inimitable ersatz pastorals, with tableaux both innocent and grotesque. There is something ambiguous about these passages, something deliberately closed ...

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Overview

Under the Shadowtakes the form of fifty-nine brief sketches with simple nouns as titles. These exquisite vignettes take place on a plane at once surreal, abstract, and ominous, describing a set of people and incidents derived largely from fragments of conversation and gossip gathered here and there. They are reminiscent of Raymond Roussel's characters amid his inimitable ersatz pastorals, with tableaux both innocent and grotesque. There is something ambiguous about these passages, something deliberately closed and dreamlike. Many of them read like primal scenes of private pathologies; others are memories that, many years later, retain their power to haunt.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Under the Shadow is a rare contemporary work that is wise enough to allow the reader to be a collaborator in the production of meaning rather than a consumer of another's literary mirage.

Dallas Morning News

Long after you have turned the last page, Under the Shadow goes on inhabiting your thoughts and activating your imagination. This is a virtuoso performance by our most original writer. Read it, you'll like it.

Publishers Weekly
A rare specimen of the genre: an intellectual page-turner.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sorrentino crafts this intellectual page-turner, arguably his best work to date, out of 59 independent, short, surreal tales. Jan.
Library Journal
These 59 sketches--inventive elaborations of half-recalled images--combine a Joycean sensibility with the linguistic playfulness of Robert Coover. Several characters appear in more than one vignette along with recurring images that include a half-clad woman by a kitchen window, a snowman, and three women dressed in white by a dark lake. There is some discussion of signs and signifiers and their relationship to object. Sorrentino pokes fun at literary theory and critical methodology while at the same time using insights derived from such theories. His form is perfect, and his method presents the reader with a mysterious and tantalizing puzzle, yielding a haunting and powerful reading experience. Recommended for contemporary literature collections.-- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916583934
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/19/1992
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Sorrentino was one of the founders (1956, together with Hubert Selby Jr.) and the editor (1956-1960) of the literary magazine Neon, the editor for Kulchur (1961-1963), and an editor at Grove Press (1965-1970). Selby'sLast Exit to Brooklyn(1964) andThe Autobiography of Malcolm Xare among his editorial projects. Later he took up positions at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, the University of Scranton and the New School for Social Research in New York and then was a professor of English at Stanford University (1982-1999). The novelistsJeffrey EugenidesandNicole Krausswere among his students, and his son, Christopher Sorrentino, is the author of the novelsSound on SoundandTrance.

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