Barley Patch
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Barley Patch

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"Barley Patch" takes as its subject the reasons an author might abandon fiction-or so he thinks-forever. Using the form of an oblique self-interrogation, it begins with the Beckettian question "Must I write?" and proceeds to expand from this small, personal query to fill in the details of a landscape entirely unique in world letters, a chronicle of the images from life and fiction that have endured and mingled in the author's mind, as well as the details (and details within details) that they contain. As interested, if not more so, in the characters from his books-finished or unfinished-as with the members of his family or his daily life, the narrator lays bare the act of writing and imagining, finally giving us a glimpse of the mythical place where the characters of fiction dwell before they come into existence in books. In the spirit of Italo Calvino and Georges Perec, "Barley Patch" is like no other fiction being written today.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 137.16 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • 1564786765
  • 9781564786760
  • 115,920

Review quote

Murnane examines the nature of reading and writing and the construction of truths and fictions. And somehow, without the use of metaphor or simile, but simple transparency, he approaches the underside of these concepts, the heart of the matter, the magic of the thing that is storytelling. --Smiljana Glisovicshow more

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101 ratings
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