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Excitability : Selected Stories - Diane Williams


Selected Stories

Paperback Published: 1st October 1998
ISBN: 9781564781970
Number Of Pages: 329
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Fiction. "Williams's miniatures cast long shadows, while offering unexpected meanings to the light which edges them" (Bradford Morrow). In these "miniatures, " Williams takes the choicest bits of description, tense, and poetic language, and crafts of them a dense and multifaceted languages: "Thank goodness I am deeply sincere, so I stopped laughing. He had dragged me along to this refined filth of a hotel, which aroused my truest false feeling. On the way to the hotel, he was staggering and I was. If my wish is at last coming true, he is going to spring on me something that will make me fell as helpless as a human being" ("Speech").

"Diane Williams conjures up an edgy, jagged state of mind, a lurching consciousness in a culture of speed and amnesia." -- Matthew Stadler, New York Times Book Review "Diane Williams reminds me a little of Jane Bowles, a little of Laura Riding. She is one of the very few contemporary prose writers who seem to be doing something independent, energetic, heartfelt." -- Lydia Davis "Williams is a practitioner of the new prose genre dubbed "sudden fiction."... She is a master of sorts, who when she wants to, rises to a poetry of great, if telegraphic intensity." -- Eli Gottlieb, Elle

ISBN: 9781564781970
ISBN-10: 1564781976
Series: American Literature (Dalkey Archive)
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 329
Published: 1st October 1998
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44