Sacrifice and the Sweet Life: Short Stories, Vignettes & Poetry

Sacrifice and the Sweet Life: Short Stories, Vignettes & Poetry

by David A. Ross

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"They had never felt the fall, never sensed their descent. They heard only a deafening rumble, and then there was darkness—only darkness and crushing weight…”

So begins a profound and disturbing collection of eight short stories, four poems and one vignette by award-winning author David A. Ross.

A lonely and deranged sorcerer; a noon-time Bozo, a local television-star; observant and bewildered tourists; angry, drunken cock-fighters; obedient anarchists; a guilt-ridden engineer: each one experiences the curious juxtaposition of the two overriding ideas contained within the collection’s title, Sacrifice and the Sweet Life.

In 'NL Centrum', a drug-ruined anarchist proclaims, "The world theater maintains drama and tension through the perpetuation of greed and injustice and so forth…" In 'La Sorcière de Seillans', a driven sculptor is obsessed to "explore the space within the stones", and in 'In Search of the Perfect Former-Communist Beach Town', a malcontented traveler observes, "Some of the locals are a bit surly, Sean, so let's try to overlook ungracious behavior. Just enjoy the shore, the rich red wine and the paprika." One thing is certain as Giuvanni, the lust-ridden Florentine hotel clerk, laments, "In our world, sacrifice is unavoidable."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452417554
Publisher: Open Books
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 210 KB

About the Author

David A. Ross is a writer, editor and publisher. From 1984-1985 he was a columnist and contributing editor for Southwest Art Magazine. His novels include The Virtual Life of Fizzy Oceans, Xenos, A Winter Garden, Stones, How High The Wall, and his award-winning first novel The Trouble with Paradise, republished by Open Books under the title Calico Pennants. Also to his credit is the short story collection Sacrifice and the Sweet Life and the travel memoir Good Morning Corfu: Living Abroad Against All Odds.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he presently lives on the Island of Corfu in Greece.

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