Footprints in Wet Cement

Footprints in Wet Cement

by Peter Wortsman


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Fiction. These FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT are just that: stories—some experienced, some homespun, some dredged from the fertile detritus of dreams; impressions gathered and ruminations fermented over the past decade or so—the fleeting imprint of a life left to harden in the ephemeral mold of language. Straddling the tenuous borderline between the narrative and the poetic, they are all the product of a pressed aesthetic.

"In these delicious short (often very short) stories, Peter Wortsman crosses Kafkaesque absurdity with Chekhovian realism, fairy-tale and fable with everyday journal entry. A master of the telling detail, Wortsman is one of those rare writers upon whom nothing, as Henry James put it, is ever lost. The slightest incident can be seen to contain magic, an absurd TV commercial can prompt the most erotic of fantasies: it's all in a day's (or rather a night's) work and usually momentary. FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT is a book to be kept on the bedside table: open anywhere at any time and you will be completely captivated."—Marjorie Perloff

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938349591
Publisher: Pelekinesis
Publication date: 04/08/2017
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Wortsman is the award-winning author of a book of short prose fiction, A Modern Way to Die; a travel memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin; a novel, COLD EARTH WANDERERS (Pelekinesis, 2014); and a collection of stories, FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT (2017). He collaborated with artist Harold Wortsman on an artists' book, it-t=i. He is a critically acclaimed translator of numerous books from the German into English. He is also the author of two stage plays, The Tattooed Man Tells All and Burning Words. His short work has been widely anthologized. His travel writing has run in major newspapers. He lives in New York.

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