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The Dead Father

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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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 177 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 181.44g
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374529256
  • 9780374529253
  • 194,610

Review quote

"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 Antrimshow more

About Donald Barthelme

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.show more

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1,649 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 30% (487)
4 35% (580)
3 25% (411)
2 7% (119)
1 3% (52)
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