The Dead Father

The Dead Father

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By (author) Donald Barthelme, Introduction by Donald Antrim

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374529256
  • ISBN 13: 9780374529253
  • Sales rank: 126,630

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"The Dead Father "is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe. As Donald Antrim writes in his introduction, "Reading "The Dead Father," one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive."

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Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential American novelists of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing a unique postmodern voice to his novels, short stories, and essays. He died in 1989. Donald Antrim is the author of three novels, including "The Verificationist."

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"The funniest and most effective things in "The Dead Father" are accomplished by language, by the writing itself . . . Essential reading." --Jerome Klinkowitz, "The New Republic" "Reading "The Dead Father," one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom, . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive." --from the introduction by Donald Antrim