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Paul Poissel was not born in 1848. As a young man, he did not set out to become the greatest Turkish architect in Paris. He did not fail to become the greatest Turkish architect in Paris. He never became a poet, or invented puzzles for an illustrated magazine. In 1904, he did not write this book, The Facts of Winter.

Paul La Farge has translated (from the original French) this collection of dreams — funny, haunting, enigmatic — all dreamed by people in and around Paris in 1881. La Farge's afterword investigates the Facts' creation, uncovering startling revelations, unknown truths, and new falsehoods.

La Farge is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and is the author of Haussmann, or the Distinction, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Artist of the Missing, winner of the California Book Award. He is also a leading scholar on the work of Paul Poissel, one of the least known of the little-known French tiny metaphysician writers of the late 19th century.

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"La Farge's book is a wispy reverie, and a collection of them too. An amnesiac's dream...barely there when closed in your palm, but opened, it performs sly thievery, nicking childlike flights of fancy lost to the magical realm between memory and imagination." Village Voice

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"La Farge is a master storyteller with cleverness and inventiveness to spare." Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Facts of Winter is a series of dreams, all dreamed by people in and around Paris during the winter of 1881. It is historical fiction once removed: an account of events that were imaginary even from the point of view of an invented past — although Poissel claimed (in a letter to his friend Bartholomeo Facil, August, 1905) that "the characters in this book are all true — all persons who really lived and slept that winter."

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La Farge is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and is the author of Haussmann, or the Distinction, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Artist of the Missing, winner of the California Book Award. He is also a leading scholar on the work of Paul Poissel, one of the least known of the little-known French tiny metaphysician writers of the late 19th century.

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thb223, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by thb223)
the perfect short commute read, a book of many tiny masterpieces - some like traditional fables, others like magical realism - that I keep reading over and over.
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ISBN:
9781932416169
Author:
Paul Poissel and Kakyoung Lee and Paul La Farge
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Translator:
Lee, Kakyoung
Translator:
LaFarge, Paul
Illustrator:
Lee, Kakyoung
Author:
Poissel, Paul
Author:
LaFarge, Paul
Author:
Paul La Farge
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 11 oz

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Product details 160 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9781932416169 Reviews:
"Review" by , "La Farge's book is a wispy reverie, and a collection of them too. An amnesiac's dream...barely there when closed in your palm, but opened, it performs sly thievery, nicking childlike flights of fancy lost to the magical realm between memory and imagination."
"Review" by , "La Farge is a master storyteller with cleverness and inventiveness to spare."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Facts of Winter is a series of dreams, all dreamed by people in and around Paris during the winter of 1881. It is historical fiction once removed: an account of events that were imaginary even from the point of view of an invented past — although Poissel claimed (in a letter to his friend Bartholomeo Facil, August, 1905) that "the characters in this book are all true — all persons who really lived and slept that winter."
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