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Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction. Coover likes to experiment with an abundance of differing styles. The Origin of the Brunists (1966), his first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism mostra'n més and mythical parallels. It deals with the rise following an Appalachian coal-mine disaster of a sect of worshipers made up of fundamentalists and theosophists whose leader, Giovanni Bruno, is less a preacher than a silent enigma. The principal analogue is apparently meant to be the founding of the Christian religion, but Coover's extensive irony requires that he reverse many of the traditional features of the Christian legend. The Universal Baseball Association (1968), Coover's most accessible novel to date, is also dominated by religious symbolism. Over the years, J. Henry Waugh, a middle-aged bachelor and accountant, has developed an elaborately structured game, which he plays with dice. His game is based on the mathematical probabilities of baseball. Every evening Henry plays his game and maintains his extensive record books. J. Henry Waugh is a surrogate for God, and the participants in his imaginary baseball league seem almost to come to life, raising as they do age-old questions about fate and free will, success and failure, games and religions. Coover's Pricksongs and Descants (1969) is a collection of 20 short pieces and a theoretical "Prologo" in which the author states his belief that contemporary fiction should be based on familiar historical or mythical forms. Most of the stories in this volume, which was well received by critics, are based on biblical episodes or classical fairy tales retold in startling new ways. The Public Burning (1977) is based on the controversial trial of the Rosenbergs. With the exception of a novel, A Night at the Movies (1992), Coover's publications in recent years have consisted mainly of shorter works, written at various stages of his career, published in limited editions to appeal to collectors. Coover is one of the founders of the Electronic Literature Organization. In 1987 he was chosen as the winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story. Coover is indeed one of the foremost short story writers of the postmodern period, as exemplified by the "Seven Exemplary Fictions" contained in his 1969 book Pricksongs and Descants. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Robert Coover

The Public Burning (1977) 672 exemplars
Pricksongs & Descants: Fictions (1969) 653 exemplars
Una Nit al cinema (1987) 303 exemplars
The Origin of the Brunists (1966) 295 exemplars
Pinocchio in Venice (1991) 266 exemplars
Spanking the Maid (1982) 217 exemplars
Noir (2010) 215 exemplars
La Festa de Gerald (1986) 211 exemplars
Briar Rose (1996) 203 exemplars
Ghost Town (1998) 167 exemplars
John's Wife (1996) 151 exemplars
Huck Out West: A Novel (2017) 136 exemplars
A Child Again (2005) 129 exemplars
Stepmother (2004) 106 exemplars
The Brunist Day of Wrath (2014) 79 exemplars
Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid (2011) 35 exemplars
A Political Fable (1980) 23 exemplars
A Theological Position (1972) 12 exemplars
Conjunctions: 42, Cinema Lingua (2004) 11 exemplars
La babysitter (2014) 9 exemplars
The Enchanted Prince (2018) 7 exemplars
Street Cop (2021) 6 exemplars
Aesop's Forest (1986) 5 exemplars
Open House (2023) 5 exemplars
Aesop's Forest / Plot of the Mice (1986) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
Charlie in the house of rue (1979) — Autor — 3 exemplars
Vampire 3 exemplars
After Lazarus: A Filmscript (1980) 3 exemplars
Zarzarrosa (1998) 3 exemplars
The Waitress 3 exemplars
Fiction International 16.1 (1985) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Matinée 2 exemplars
Fiction International 15.2 (2006) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The End of Books 1 exemplars
Last One 1 exemplars
Grandmother's Nose 1 exemplars
The Convention (1982) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Heroes and Villains (1969) — Introducció, algunes edicions674 exemplars
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Col·laborador — 627 exemplars
Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture (1991) — Col·laborador — 564 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 2006 (2006) — Col·laborador — 548 exemplars
American Gothic Tales (1996) — Col·laborador — 458 exemplars
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2005) — Col·laborador — 444 exemplars
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Col·laborador — 369 exemplars
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 362 exemplars
The New Media Reader (2003) — Col·laborador — 298 exemplars
Happily Ever After (2011) — Col·laborador — 296 exemplars
Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Col·laborador — 279 exemplars
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction (1991) — Col·laborador — 257 exemplars
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection (2006) — Col·laborador — 236 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories of the 80s (1990) — Col·laborador — 163 exemplars
The Gates of Paradise (1993) — Col·laborador — 113 exemplars
After Yesterday's Crash: The Avant-Pop Anthology (1995) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
Best SF: 1970 (1971) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Short Erotic Novels (2000) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars
Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (2007) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars
Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (2015) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Superfiction, or The American Story Transformed: An Anthology (1975) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars
Granta 2: George Steiner, The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. (1980) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1981 (1981) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
Ghost Writing: Haunted Tales by Contemporary Writers (2000) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
The Best American Short Stories 1970 (1970) — Col·laborador — 23 exemplars
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Fiction International 22: Pornography & Censorship (1992) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
New American Review #4 (1968) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
American Review 22: The Magazine of New Writing (1975) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (1998) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
American Review 25 (1976) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars

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Phew! this took some reading, but I didn't give up and struggled through till the end. Somewhere in an American city a rich guy throws a party. It is probably in a city where movie people hang out; perhaps Hollywood. These are party regulars and Gerald and his wife are on the party circuit. Nothing phases Gerald who narrates the events in painstaking detail:

None of us noticed the body at first. Not until Roger came through asking if we'd seen Ros.

It is Ros who is laying on the floor still bleeding from a knife sticking out of her chest. Somebody calls the cops, but the party goes on; everybody is out on their feet. It seems that all the men at the party have had sex with Ros at some time and tales are told. Inspector Pardew arrives looking like something out of a 1930's movie and starts his investigation and it is only when he removes the knife and hands it round for the partygoers to look at, that I realised this was going to be a blacker than black comedy. Roger hopelessly infatuated with Ros stumbles back into the room and throws himself on top of Ros: he has to be dragged off the body. The investigation goes on, more cops arrive Ros's clothes are removed pictures are taken and someone wants to re-create the crime scene, meanwhile Gerald has the hots for Allison and is searching the house to find her, while his wife is calmly preparing more food or clearing up the mess.

Gerald is constantly interrupted; either in his search for Allison or dealing with other issues. People are arriving, blocking doorways, having sex in various rooms, Geralds young son is wandering around and a teenage girl is desperately wanting to have sex with Gerald, the upstairs toilette is blocked and one of the women can't stop poohing, people are trying to clean her up. There are more murders and something is going on in the basement, but Gerald can't get down there. He lurches from one crisis to another never managing to see anything through. His house is wrecked, people are stealing things and he hardly bats an eye and one of the cops hands him a gun to finish off one of the guests who has been shot, but is taking too long to die.

The party seems to go on forever; 330 pages of forever and I found it an exhausting read. There are graphic descriptions of bodily functions and different types of sexual intercourse, police brutality of course and extreme drunk behaviour. I get the black comedy and the irony of rich people behaving very badly and in many ways it is a brave and technically impressive novel which sometimes lurches into social commentary, but just not for me and so 3 stars.
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baswood | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Feb 7, 2024 |
An enduring classic for anyone who has every spent hours rolling the APBA dice (or Strat-O-Matic, etc.) Accountant J. Henry Waugh has become so immersed in the baseball simulation he has created that then when the unthinkable--an extremely rare play--occurs, well...let's just say it gets weird from that point. Truly brilliant and unique. I suppose this could be about any obsession, but there's really no obsession like a baseball simulation, is there? :-)
 
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datrappert | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Jul 30, 2022 |
1st UK edition, added mylar jacket wrapper. Purchased after Kevin Goldstein mentioned it in a fangraphs chat, and it sounded vaguely familiar.

I am certain I read this during my 'living at the library' stage - maybe 10 to 15 years old? There is some mush in the middle at an imaginary wake, and the concluding chapter is very weird as in the future the simulation seems to take over the novel.

That said, a fun, fast read.
½
 
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kcshankd | Hi ha 15 ressenyes més | Nov 21, 2021 |
This neat little novella of surrealistic noir by Coover illustrated with appropriately grotesque illustrations by Spiegelman is an entertaining piece of fiction with a subtext of cultural criticism. It’s an expertly executed tale of law and disorder.
 
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