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Do the Blind Dream?: New Novellas and Storiesby Barry Gifford
Synopses & Reviews
"I love Do the Blind Dream?—a wonderful and delightful piece that tastes of Buñuel and Cocteau."—Pedro Almodóvar
The two new novellas and 11 stories in Do the Blind Dream? are Barry Gifford’s most mature works of fiction to date. Almost a quarter of a century ago, Armistead Maupin wrote that "Barry Gifford is all the proof the world will ever need that a writer who listens with his heart is capable of telling anyone’s story." Yet only now does Gifford’s sense of the American psyche converge with our own.
In contrast to his often nightmarish, satirical, groundbreaking novels of the 1990s, Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, and Night People, Do the Blind Dream? dazzles by how it depicts the tender inner lives of the characters and the raging contradictions of their outer realities. In the title novella, members of an Italian family gather for their mother’s funeral and confront how the sins of their father have cursed in some way each of their own troubled lives. In the story "Ball Lightning," a chance encounter at a gas station reunites a sister and brother, leading only to inexplicable tragedy.
One of America’s very finest and most accomplished writers of fiction, Barry Gifford is the author of the novels Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango and Night People. His most recent books include The Phantom Father, a New York Times notable Book of the Year; Wyoming, a Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year; American Falls, his collected short stories; and The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room: A Barry Gifford Reader. He also cowrote the film Lost Highway (1997) with David Lynch, and co-wrote with director Matt Dillon the film City of Ghosts (2003). His essays and stories have appeared in Punch, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and El Pais, among other publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Do the Blind Dream? shows Gifford at the height of his powers, navigating with ease the new, more fragmented imaginative landscape of morning-after America. Gifford seems to have anticipated themes that suddenly are recognizable everywhere: the fragility of identity; the power of coincidence; the illusion of a secure tomorrow.
About the Author
The author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, Barry Gifford is one of the few contemporary American writers whose characters are familiar to audience around the world. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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