These audacious stories shine with artistic nuance and fearless emotional intensity. Tragic, lyrical, hilarious, and politically controversial, they exist in a world where fact is as strange as fiction, and fiction is often disguised as fact.
The Jiri Chronicles & Other Fictions is divided into three sections, each a unique literary experiment. In Snapshots: A Genealogy in Flight, Debra Di Blasi draws inspiration from real family photographs to creat a haunting portrait of successive generations of a fictionalized Midwest family. "Hyperfictions" features writing that is interactive and nonlinear, dissolving borders between poetry and prose, visual art and music.
At the work's comic center is an invention that transgresses the boundaries of fiction and fraud. Just who is Jiri Cech? A businessman, vampire, and artist from Czechoslovakia? A website? A hoax? An American con artist whose racism and sexism, although loathsome, only heighten his allure? Or something greater or smaller than the sum of these parts?
This astonishing collection challenges the stylistic and thematic boundaries of traditional literature, questioning what it means to be humanand awakein the post-millenium.
|Publisher:||University of Alabama Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Debra Di Blasi, recipient of many writing awards, including the James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Thorpe Menn Book Award, and the Eyster Prize in Fiction. She is the author of Drought & Say What you Like, Prayers of an Accidental Nature, and Ugly Town. An accomplished screenwriter, she is also the president of Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc., a transmedia corporation.
Table of Contents
Snapshots: A Genealogy in Flight 11
Mrs. Conner and Her Six Children, 1883 13
William Wesley Pickens, Sr., 1910 15
Charles Elliot Pickens, 1940 17
Family Reunion, 1941 19
William Wesley Pickens, Jr., 1942 21
Donald Eugene Pickens, 1943 23
Devon D. Pickens, 1957 25
Ways a Father Dies 29
Sister Sister Sister Sister 31
Long After Winter: Galesburg, Illinois 39
The Last Mare 47
Mannequins: Sketches of Marriage 49
Anonymous Children of Martin Luther... 59
The Jiri Chronicles 81
The real Jiri Cech 83
Ad Fiction: Face It 85
Czechoslovakian Rhapsody Sung to the Accompaniment of Piano 87
Ad Fiction: Life Is Scary 107
Glauke's Gown 109
Ad Fiction: Think Again 129
Jiri Cech's Cuba Deposition 131
Oops. Sorry 133
Ad Fiction: Oh No 159
In Case You Haven't Noticed I'm Not Wearing Any Clothes 161
Ad Fiction: Orgasm 179
Machine Ghosts 181
Ad Fiction: Forget Botox 211
The real Jiri Cech Capitalist Consumer Products 213