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Lunar Savings Time
     

Lunar Savings Time

by Alex Epstein, Becka Mara McKay (Translator)
 

The stories in Lunar Savings Time slip through time and between dreams and waking, between native tongue and elusive translation, long-dead writers and just-opened books. Alex Epstein has created a masterwork in the finest strokes—stories in which humor, stubborn memory, and strange beauty meet and part ways in less than a page. Through these pages journey a

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The stories in Lunar Savings Time slip through time and between dreams and waking, between native tongue and elusive translation, long-dead writers and just-opened books. Alex Epstein has created a masterwork in the finest strokes—stories in which humor, stubborn memory, and strange beauty meet and part ways in less than a page. Through these pages journey a woman who travels back in time to visit a psychoanalyst; Kafka, had he lived and emigrated to Israel after the Holocaust; the wandering Cain; Zen masters, beggars, writers, ghosts. In Epstein's lyrical philosophy, every imaginative proposition must answer to the burden of history. "He can be placed next to Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Kafka, Borges," Haaretz has said of Epstein; Lunar Savings Time is his most radical collection yet, a wondrous achievement.

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Publishers Weekly
Helen of Troy, a moon launch, Russian literature; these are but a few of the diverse subjects in Epstein's new collection of 99 flash fictions. The stories riff on arch concepts in witty prose, often juxtaposing different realms of knowledge—science and the Bible and contemporary war and serious lit and even autobiography. Few stories run longer than a page, and most are less than a hundred words long. Epstein tackles the subject of writing fiction itself in stories such as "Metafiction," which consists of only one line: "The ghost was still breastfeeding." Other recurring topics include mythology, rain, and outer space. Indeed, the overlap of these topics indicates a larger pattern at work, and the repetition of themes and "characters," such as Aeneas or The Third Reich, rewards reading. "Three Moons" begins with NASA and the space race and travels through Google, Dante, and World War II to a personal, family memory that beautifully evokes the orbit of the moon. Similarly, "Three Pieces of Time" has three short numbered parts that mash together homelessness, sci-fi, religion, Borges, and The Trojan War. A consistently provocative collection, best read first in gulps and then in savory sips. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566568524
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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