The Dead Father

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 2004 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe. As Donald Antrim writes in his introduction, "Reading The Dead Father, one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive."

 

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Weird. Strange. Surreal. But weird, strange, & surreal can be good. Sometimes. There's nothing wrong necessarily with bizarre. I don't pretend to understand fully the gist of the Dead Father, so don't ... Read full review

The Dead Father

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Barthelme's odd 1975 novel offers a variety of styles and ponders numerous subjects as it depicts a group of people dragging a carcass across the countryside. For the lit crowd. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
113
Section 4
119
Section 5
120
Section 6
136
Section 7
140
Section 8
144
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Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential American novelists of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing a unique postmodern voice to his novels, short stories, and essays. He died in 1989.

Donald Antrim is the author of three novels, including The Verificationist.

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