Pricksongs and Descants: Book by Robert Coover

Pricksongs and Descants

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ISBN: 9780141192956    Publisher: PENGUIN UK Year of publishing: 2011     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 256        Language: English
With a new Introduction byKate Atkinson'Robert Coover is one of America's finest stylists, a master of elegant nuance, subtle intent and darkly subversive humour'John BanvilleIn his carnivalesque and riotously...Read more
With a new Introduction byKate Atkinson'Robert Coover is one of America's finest stylists, a master of elegant nuance, subtle intent and darkly subversive humour'John BanvilleIn his carnivalesque and riotously inventive Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes old stories: of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty (who married her Beast and spends a lifetime suffering his doggy stink). And he reshapes his own: a man makes repeating, re-imagined journeys in an office elevator (while his fellow riders taunt and tempt him), and in the seminal, fractal 'The Babysitter' every moment in a single night is played and replayed, every hope and threat of sex and violence done and undone. Coover's dark, wilfil, comic imagination revels brilliantly in contradictions, a master of chaos.'Mr Coover's work has long occupied a place of honour . . . He goes at his task with an almost alarming linguistic energy, a Burgessy splatter of vocabulary, and a ferocious love of everything comic and grotesque'Salmon Rushdie
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About the author: Robert Coover
Robert Coover is the author of twenty-some books of fiction and plays, his most recent being Noir and A Child Again. He has been nominated for the National... Read more
Robert Coover is the author of twenty-some books of fiction and plays, his most recent being Noir and A Child Again. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, including the William Faulkner Award, the Rea Lifetime Achievement Award for the Short Story, and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and elsewhere. At Brown University, he teaches "Cave Writing" (a writing workshop in immersive virtual reality), and other experimental electronic writing and mixed media workshops, and directs the International Writers Project, a freedom-to-write program.
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Review:
A marvellous magician ... a maker of miracles, a comic, a sexual tease The New York Times Book Review

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