Synopses & Reviews
Jim Krusoes beset and bemused narrators are awash in a solution of Donald Barthelmes worthy absurdities and Kafkas mutating humor. In these surreal, dystopian tales, characters find their way into and out of Platos cave, mental hospitals, interspecies love affairs, plane crashes and Gypsy kidnappings. These narratives, which shapeshift and interpenetrate, contain everything form the rhapsodies of a night nurse, to a lyrical meditation on the egg, to lists of wryly named sexual positions. Krusoes universe is full of amazing chaos and deadpan astonishment.
When you enter Jim Krusoes wittily indeterminate world, your first instinct is to grope around for a literary coordinate. At first he reminds you of Kafka: the dreamlike inconsequentiality and gentle-sinister comedythe half-human animals and evanescent temptresses. But the America that Krusoe inhabits is spelt with a C, not a K. He is robustly situated in his time and place, and he has a lilt that is all his own. In the end, he stopped reminding me of anyone. Jim Krusoe is an original. Martin Amis
"[A] very funny debut collection....[A] heart beats beneath Krusoe's madcap: his stories capture the absurdities and cliches of everyday lives with notable manic aplomb." Publishers Weekly
"Krusoe bombards the reader with the outrageous in a most consistent and offhanded tone. But make no mistake: Krusoe has his own style, and it is a finely honed and riotous one at that." Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Comic mayhem and sudden deaths are the order of the day in Jim Krusoe's Blood Lake, an amazing book of visionary ironies....These scary, giddy stories spiral their way into one farcical calamity after another, taking the reader with them. Like the fiction of Raymond Roussel, they follow a logic of their own, into a place not often visited by literature." Charles Baxter, author of Feast of Love
"With wit and verve Jim Krusoe challenges everything we know of conventional narrative and paradoxically comes up with these intoxicatingly readable stories." Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life
"Jim Krusoe's beset and bemused narrators are awash in a solution of Donald Barthelme's worthy absurdities and Kafka's mutating humor." Amy Gerstler, author of Ghost Girl
With this brilliant collection, Jim Krusoe establishes himself among our most gifted and original storytellers.
With this brilliant collection of short stories, Jim Krusoe establishes himself as one of the most gifted and original writers of our time. You will find no comfort here in the average or everyday, but rather an elegiac style and a relentless narrative.
About the Author
Jim Krusoe is the author of five books of poetry, the short story collection Blood Lake, and a novel, Iceland (Dalkey Archives). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund. Jim Krusoe teaches creative writing at Antioch University and Santa Monica College.
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