Thirst

Thirst
Fiction

Thirst

“A book to give to people who piss and moan about the unpromising future of American fiction.” —DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
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Originally published in 1998 and now a classic, Thirst heralded the arrival of Ken Kalfus, one of the most inventive, playful, and finely-tuned craftsmen the short form has seen. Witty and fantastical, hip and wise, Kalfus’ stories bring wonder and imagination into the realm of experience.

These stories mine a vast terrain of geography and metaphor—from the whimsical postmodern playfulness of “Notice” to the unselfconscious sense of wonder in “Bouquet”—sketching portraits of people caught in the seismic collision of cultures, be they real, hallucinated, dreamed, or desired. As the New York Times noted, “Kalfus reminds us that the short story is not an easily contained form, a single thing done in a single way.”

With his inimitable combination of the “comic, surreal, and nostalgic” (Oregonian), Kalfus is one of America’s great contemporary writers, and this collection is a major work of lasting significance.

ISBN:
978-1-57131-081-1
Publish Date: 
03/02/2010
Pages: 
224
Size: 
5.5 × 8.5 × 0.56 in
Weight: 
10.2 oz
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