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William H. Gass - In The Heart of The Heart of The Country (2nd Hand Paperback)

£5.45
SKU B001587
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback.
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Fiction - Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Published : 1968 (This Ed. 2015 - NYRB Classics)
  • ISBN : 9781590177648
  • SKU : B001587
  • PPC : LL260gm
  • RRP : £9.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

First published in 1968, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country established William Gass as one of America’s finest and boldest writers of fiction, and nearly fifty years later, the book still stands as a landmark of contemporary fiction.

A mythical re-imagining of America’s heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence.

Exploring and expanding the limits of the short story, Gass works magic with words, words that are as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbours, and neuroses that fill these pages, words that shock, dazzle, illumine, and delight.

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country is vintage William Gass: two novellas and three short stories, set in the Midwest, exhibiting Gass's characteristic and wholly atypical verbal brilliance and philosophical acuity.

Words populate these stories, as squirming, regal, and unexpected as the roaches, boys, icicles, neighbours, neuroses, and properties they describe. No matter how strange or estranged the human consciousness directing each symphony of words, his or her fear, delight, and disgust is uncanny and familiar.

"The best book I've read in a long, long time. This collection of long short stories (apparently there is such a thing) range from the plot-driven (the sinister "The Pedersen Kid") to the more experimental ("In the Heart of the Heart of the Country"), but never suffers a spat of boring language.

Gass captures the hard, unforgiving American Midwest - its provincialism, its bleak winters, and its small, simple pleasures (the way winter light illuminates an icicle, for instance) - through a series of different and fully-realised consciousnesses. An incredible achievement." - Library Thing Review.

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