A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth

by Daniel Mason
A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth

by Daniel Mason


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A Pulitzer Prize Finalist: This collection of moving short stories is “a treasure trove of lush scene setting in faraway times and places” (Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle).

On a fateful flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son.

At times funny and irreverent, always moving and deeply urgent, these stories—among them a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize winner—cap a fifteen-year project. From the Nile's depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-racked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are tales of ecstasy, epiphany, and what the New York Times Magazine called the "struggle for survival . . . hand to hand, word to word," by "one of the finest prose stylists in American fiction."

A Library Journal Best Book of 2020

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316477635
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 955,966
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Mason is the author of the collection A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth, a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the California Book Award, and three novels, including The Winter Soldier and The Piano Tuner. An assistant professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages and awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize for Fiction, and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Table of Contents

Death of the Pugilist, or The Famous Battle of Jacob Burke & Blindman McGraw 5

The Ecstasy of Alfred Russel Wallace 39

For the Union Dead 59

The Second Doctor Service 81

The Miraculous Discovery of Psammetichus I 101

On Growing Ferns and Other Plants in Glass Cases, in the Midst of the Smoke of London 119

The Line Agent Pascal 149

On the Cause of Winds and Waves, &c 171

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth 203

Acknowledgments 229

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