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The Resource Going for a beer : selected short fictions, Robert Coover ; introduction by T. C. Boyle

Going for a beer : selected short fictions, Robert Coover ; introduction by T. C. Boyle

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Going for a beer : selected short fictions
Title
Going for a beer
Title remainder
selected short fictions
Statement of responsibility
Robert Coover ; introduction by T. C. Boyle
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Author
Writer of introduction
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Robert Coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as "a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America." Coover finds inspiration in everything from painting, cinema, theater, and dance to slapstick, magic acts, puzzles, and riddles. His 1969 story "The Babysitter" has alone inspired generations of innovative young writers. Here, in this selection of his best stories, spanning more than half a century, you will find an invisible man tragically obsessed by an invisible woman; a cartoon man in a cartoon car who runs over a real man who is arrested by a real policeman with cartoon eyes; a stick man who reinvents the universe. While invading the dreams and nightmares of others, long dead, disrupting them from within, Coover cuts to the core of how realism works. He uses metafiction as a means of "interrogating the fiction making process," at least insofar as that process, when unexamined, has a way of entrapping us in false and destructive stories, myths, and belief systems. These stories are riven with paradox, ambivalence, strangeness, unrealized ambitions and desires, uncertainty, complexity, always seeking the potential for insight, for comedy. Through their celebration of the improbable and unexpected, and their distinctive but complementary grammars of text and film, Coover's selected short fictions entertain by engaging with the tribal myths that surround us--religious, patriotic, literary, erotic, popular--often satirizing the mindsets that, out of some obscure primitive need, perpetuate them. The thirty stories in Going for a Beer confirm Coover's reputation as "one of America's greatest literary geniuses" (Alan Moore)
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Coover, Robert
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Boyle, T. Coraghessan
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Short stories
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Going for a beer : selected short fictions, Robert Coover ; introduction by T. C. Boyle
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
ocm988287737
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 416 pages
Isbn
9780393608465
Lccn
2017051773
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • n
Label
Going for a beer : selected short fictions, Robert Coover ; introduction by T. C. Boyle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocm988287737
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 416 pages
Isbn
9780393608465
Lccn
2017051773
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n

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