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Some trick : thirteen stories / Helen DeWitt.

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  • 2 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville F DeW (Text) 32604000224848 DCTPLD AD Fiction Available -
Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch FICTION DEWI (Text) 39391006880197 Fiction Available -
Westfield Washington PL - Westfield FIC Dewitt (Text) 78292000373254 Adult Fiction Book Collection In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780811227827
  • ISBN: 0811227820
  • Physical Description: viii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A new directions book" -- title page.
Formatted Contents Note:
Brutto -- My heart belongs to Bertie -- On the town -- Remember me -- Climbers -- Improvisation is the heart of music -- Famous last words -- French style of Mlle Matsumoto -- Stolen luck -- In which Nick buys a Harley -- Trevor -- Plantinga -- Entourage.
Summary, etc.:
For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove "more complicated than they had first appeared" and "at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate." In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt's signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly "taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination."
Genre: Short stories.

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