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The Melancholy of Anatomy: Storiesby Shelley Jackson
Synopses & Reviews
Amusing, touching, and unsettling, The Melancholy of Anatomy is that most wonderful of fictions, one that makes us see the world in an entirely new light.
Here is the body turned inside out, its members set free, its humors released upon the world. Hearts bigger than planets devour light and warp the space around them; the city of London has a menstrual flow that gushes through its underground pipes; gobs of phlegm cement friendships and sexual relationships; and a floating fetus larger than a human becomes the new town pastor. In this debut story collection, Shelley Jackson rewrites our private passages, and translates the dumb show of the body into prose as gorgeous as it is unhygienic.
Combining corporeal fantasy with physiological imagery, this debut anthology of short fiction portrays an extraordinary world populated by various pieces and products of the human body as it explores the sometimes disturbing, sometimes wondrous mysteries of being human. A first collection. Original. 17,500 first printing.
About the Author
Shelley Jackson’s The Patchwork Girl is perhaps the best-known work in the genre of Electronic Literature. Jackson studied with Robert Coover at Brown University and now lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Heart — Choleric: Egg — Sperm — Foetus — Melancholic: Cancer — Nerve — Dildo — Phlegmatic: Phlegm — Hair — Sleep — Languine: Blood — Milk — Fat.
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