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Publisher Comments:

A master of literary transformation, Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser turns his attention to the transformations of love in these three hypnotic novellas. While ostensibly showing her home to a prospective buyer, the narrator of "Revenge" unfolds an origami-like narrative of betrayal and psychic violence. In "An Adventure of Don Juan" the legendary seducer seeks out new diversion on an English country estate with devastating results. And the title novella retells the story of Tristan and Ysolt from the agonized perspective of King Mark, a husband who compulsively looks for evidence of his wife's adultery yet compulsively denies what he finds. Combining enchantment as ancient as Sheherezade's with up-to-the-minute acuity and unease, The King in the Tree is Millhauser at his best.

Review:

"Millhauser...uses his lush prose and archetypal motifs to trace the outer arcs of passion, places where eros and violence meet....This writer is in love with a large, very beautiful tiger, and at its best the fiction he produces is an exquisite negotiation with the beast." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"In a mere 80 pages or so, [Millhauser] can whistle up worlds as bright and intricate as a Mozart piano sonata or as ominous and ethereal as a Charles Ives symphony...powerful, spellbinding reading." The Seattle Times

Review:

"An ingenious geometer of love triangles, Millhauser tinkers with tested formulas in these three novellas, while giving full rein to his taste for the fantastical....[His] shrewd sense of psychology makes his characters' impulses toward romantic excess manifestly believable." The New Yorker

Review:

"Among [Millhauser's] best.... The King in the Tree is a flawless retelling of the story of Tristan and Iseult....Astonishingly, Millhauser creates a version that though modern reads like a newly discovered medieval tale....His story will live with the older versions, and Richard Wagner's, as part of the myth." Boston Globe

Review:

"These three tales, each in different ways, confirm Millhauser's reputation as a master stylist." Newark Sunday Star-Ledger

Review:

"Millhauser is our most brilliant practicing romantic, for whom surface reality is merely an uninteresting illusion, and ultimate reality is always artifice." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

About the Author

Steven Millhauser received the Pulitzer Prize for Martin Dressler. He is the author of nine other books, including Edwin Mullhouse, Enchanted Night, and The Knife Thrower and Other Stories. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400031733
Author:
Millhauser, Steven
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x5.16x.60 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400031733 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Millhauser...uses his lush prose and archetypal motifs to trace the outer arcs of passion, places where eros and violence meet....This writer is in love with a large, very beautiful tiger, and at its best the fiction he produces is an exquisite negotiation with the beast."
"Review" by , "In a mere 80 pages or so, [Millhauser] can whistle up worlds as bright and intricate as a Mozart piano sonata or as ominous and ethereal as a Charles Ives symphony...powerful, spellbinding reading."
"Review" by , "An ingenious geometer of love triangles, Millhauser tinkers with tested formulas in these three novellas, while giving full rein to his taste for the fantastical....[His] shrewd sense of psychology makes his characters' impulses toward romantic excess manifestly believable."
"Review" by , "Among [Millhauser's] best.... The King in the Tree is a flawless retelling of the story of Tristan and Iseult....Astonishingly, Millhauser creates a version that though modern reads like a newly discovered medieval tale....His story will live with the older versions, and Richard Wagner's, as part of the myth."
"Review" by , "These three tales, each in different ways, confirm Millhauser's reputation as a master stylist."
"Review" by , "Millhauser is our most brilliant practicing romantic, for whom surface reality is merely an uninteresting illusion, and ultimate reality is always artifice."
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