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This acclaimed short story collection "veers between whimsical postmodern playfulness and a darker realism with] sophisticated comic flare" (Publishers Weekly).

Distinguished by black comedy and an international perspective, Ken Kalfus' stories demonstrate the author's chameleon-like ability to change mode, manner, and voice. They often concern the abrupt dislocation of people bumping into different cultures, be they real, hallucinated, dreamed, or desired.

Kalfus' 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. These sympathetic portraits of human beings caught in the tectonic cultural shifts that disrupt our lives are frequently hilarious, consistently touching, and powerfully creative.

"A book for people who piss and moan about the unpromising future of American fiction." --David Foster Wallace

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571310811
ISBN-10: 1571310819
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English

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