Diane Williams - The Collected Stories of Diane Williams and Ben Marcus - Notes From the Fog: Stories

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Whether described as riddles, absurdist shorts, or flash fiction, Williams’s stories completely upend expectations of both “short” and “story,” with most running about a page—though the longest of seven novellas is sixty pages. This collection of more than three-hundred pieces—gathering Williams’s eight previous collections with sixteen new stories—is a stunning retrospective of one of today’s most exciting writers. Often relying on unspoken leaps, the stories revel in loose ends and exploit the multifarious and marvelous potential of language, while also delivering emotional punches you may not have seen coming.

Praised by The Guardian as “one of the most stunningly original and profoundly unsettling writers of his generation,” Marcus, author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet, and Leaving the Sea, unleashes the full force of his compelling voice, masterful use of language, and distinctive style in this new collection of short fiction. Most of the thirteen stories play out a dystopian vision that’s as mordantly humorous as it is alienating: a mid-level office worker is injured when he tests his boss’s new nutrition supplement: the glow from the computer monitor. A married couple—architects planning a memorial to victims of a terrorist attack—debate the ethics of artificially stimulating emotion. Marcus’s deft blend of the surreal and the plausible gives an entertaining and thought-provoking take on how we live today.

 

 

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The Collected Stories of Diane Williams Cover Image
By Diane Williams, Ben Marcus (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781616959821
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Published: Soho Press - October 2nd, 2018

Notes from the Fog: Stories Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947456
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Published: Knopf - August 21st, 2018

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