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ISBN-10: 1571310819
ISBN-13: 9781571310811
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publish Date: 03/02/2010
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.50" H

Thirst

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Overview

Distinguished by black comedy and an international perspective, Ken Kalfus’ stories frequently fold into each other and are most often about the abrupt dislocation of people bumping into different cultures, be they real, hallucinated, dreamed, or desired. His characters — which include an endless line of refugees fleeing Sarajevo with no particular destination, an Irish au pair plagued by her own psychosexual fears in a Paris science museum, and an entirely fictitious baseball league — are constantly thumping their heads against a shifting reality. Kalfus’ sympathetic portraits of human beings caught in the tectonic cultural shifts that disrupt our lives are frequently hilarious, consistently touching, and powerfully creative.

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"The New York Times Book Review" Throughout this collection, the door is open to...unsettling ambiguity; always a tantalizing "perhaps" is in play...Ken Kalfus lights his stories with fundamental strangeness. The displaced figures in "Thirst" drift through worlds that are at once astonishing and familiar. They'd like to wake up in their own beds after a good night's sleep, but even that blessing would, we suspect, have the word "perhaps" in it somewhere.
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ISBN-10: 1571310819
ISBN-13: 9781571310811
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publish Date: 03/02/2010
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.50" H
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