These stories, set in both real and unreal locales, arouse more faraway yearnings. All sooner or later come round to the subject of love, but none finds it anywhere we might ordinarily have expected. Bedlam lurks everywhere, from the streets to the afterlife,and every point of view is nagged by glimpses of every other. Thank god for a resilient lyricism, a hint of better music playing not too far off. This electronic edition includes two published pieces that didn't appear in the original edition and a new introduction by the author.
The Serpent of Stars (Le serpent d'étoiles, 1993; reprinted 1999 Grasset) takes place in rural southern France in the early part of the century. The novel’s elusive narrative thread ties landscape to character to an expanse just beyond our grasp. The narrator encounters a shepherding family and glimpse by glimpse, each family member and the shepherding way of life is revealed to us. The novel culminates in a large shepherds’ gathering where a traditional Shepherd’s Play — a kind of creation myth that includes in its cast The River, The Sea, The Man, and The Mountain — is enacted. The work’s proto-environmental world view as well as its hybrid form — part play, part novel — makes The Serpent of Stars astonishingly contemporary. W.S. Merwin’s "Green Fields" begins, "By this part of the century few are left who believe/in the animals for they are not there in the carved parts/of them served on plates and the pleas from slatted trucks…" This novel leaves the reader believing not only in the animals, but the terrain they are part of, the people who tend them, and the life all these elements together compose.
Геннадий Мануйлов, физрук из глубинки, едет на БАМ, чтобы поправить финансовое положение своей семьи. По дороге он становится жертвой ограбления, и, не найдя в себе сил вернуться домой с пустыми руками, становится бомжом по кличке Кешка.
Тула: Приок. кн. изд-во, 1991.
Сергей Иванович Стешец
Роман Аллы Калининой «Как ты ко мне добра…» посвящен жизни советской интеллигенции на протяжении четырех десятилетий — с сороковых годов до наших дней. В нем рассматриваются вопросы становления личности, героев объединяет напряженный нравственный поиск.
В 1968 г. закончил Дальневосточный государственный университет. Печатался в журнале «Дальний Восток», литературных сборниках. Участник XV Всесоюзного совещания молодых писателей в г. Москве. «Соленый берег» — его первая книга.
Анатолий Александрович Ильин родился в 1945 г. в Приморье.
is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from the New School.
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