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ISBN-10: 0817354689
ISBN-13: 9780817354688
Publisher: Fire Ant Books
Publish Date: 10/01/2007
Dimensions: 8.25" L, 6.37" W, 0.57" H

Double Vision

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Price: $19.95

Overview

A shotgun marriage of fact and fiction by one of the most highly regarded writers and teachers of our time

A writer named George Garrett, suffering from double vision as a result of a neurological disorder, is asked to review a recent, first biography of the late Peter Taylor, a renowned writer who has been his long-time friend and neighbor in Charlottesville. Reflecting on their relationship, Garrett conceives of a character–not unlike himself–a writer in his early 70s, ill and suffering from double vision, named Frank Toomer. He gives Toomer a neighbor, a distinguished short story writer named Aubrey Carver.

As the real George Garrett and Peter Taylor are replaced by two very different and imaginary writers, the story becomes a wise and insightful exploration of American literary life, the art of biography, the comical rivalries among writers and academics, notions of success, and the knotty relationship of art to life, fact to fiction, and life to death. Double Vision is a witty tour de force and an elegy for a gifted generation of writers.

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"This novel–this creation–is perhaps the most radical of all Garrett's experiments. It is fascinating, engaging, entertaining, funny and sorrowful by turns, wise, eloquent, graceful, and bawdy, too. It has, I believe, an element of the kind of mordant truth-facing of the Elizabethans in it–an almost valedictory tone, a summing up of experience, but couched in terms of this playful double-sided narrative–all of it contributing to the overall sense of the reader having stepped into an enthralling house of mirrors."
–Richard Bausch, author of The Stories of Richard Bausch

"Structured according to the precepts in Aristotle's Poetics (beginning, middle, end), Double Vision ought to be required reading for every MFA fiction student in the country. . . . [This book] shows us how the bits and pieces of a novel are patterned and ordered to reflect and refract, creating the wholeness and unity of a work of art, a closed and boundless universe. . . . Double Vision is masterful, the work of a writer at the height of his powers, a gem wrought by genius."
–Kelly Cherry, author of My Life and Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Details

ISBN-10: 0817354689
ISBN-13: 9780817354688
Publisher: Fire Ant Books
Publish Date: 10/01/2007
Dimensions: 8.25" L, 6.37" W, 0.57" H
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