A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1998 - Fiction - 118 pages
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Hundreds of novels have explored the war in Vietnam. This is the first to explore the world of the architects of that war, and it cuts terribly close to home. Dimock brilliantly exposes the pained heart of a single family and offers a vision of what their way of life still costs us all. His book raises with startling freshness ancient yet urgent questions about relations between image, word, and act.


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A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family (American Literature Series)

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This concise first novel by a Random House editor takes the form of a letter by the narrator to his 12-year-old nephew and to his apparent illegitimate ten-year-old son. The narrator leaves the two ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Peter Dimock has long worked in publishing-at Random House, and as senior executive editor for history and political science at Columbia University Press, where he worked with authors including Angela Davis, Eric Hobsbawm, Toni Morrison, and Amartya Sen. His first novel, "A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family", was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1998.

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