Da Vinci's Bicycle: Ten Stories

New Directions Publishing, 1997 - 185 Seiten
Da Vinci's Bicycle, Guy Davenport's second collection of stories, was first published in 1979, and contains some of his most important fiction. Written with tremendous wit, intelligence, and verve, the stories are based on historical figures whose endeavors were too early, too late, or went against the grain of their time. They are all people who see the world differently from their contemporaries and therefore seem absurd, like Pablo Picasso in "Au Tombeau de Charles Fourier," Leonardo Da Vinci in "The Richard Nixon Freischütz Rag," James Joyce and Guillaume Apollinaire in the marvelous "The Haile Selassie Funeral Train." Hilton Kramer of The New York Times has said, "Davenport's conception of the short story form is remarkable. He has given it some of the intellectual density of the learned essay, some of the lyrical concision of the modern poem--some of its difficulty too--and a structure that often resembles a film documentary. The result is a tour de force that adds something new to the art of fiction."

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This title collects ten short stories "full of allusion and linguistic dazzle." The stories take famous people, e.g., Richard Nixon, Leonardo Da Vinci, and James Joyce, and speculates on how they "relate to contemporary life" (LJ 5/15/79). Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Wooden Dove of Archytas
John Charles Tapner
The Haile Selassie Funeral Train
The Invention of Photography in Toledo
The Antiquities of Elis
A Field of Snow on a Slope of the Rosenberg

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Über den Autor (1997)

As Bruce Bawer wrote in Bookforum, the lateGuy Davenport (1927-2005) left behind an oeuvre that is one long lesson in the history of civilization, and to read any part of it - story, essay, or translation - is to be enthralled by his unflagging intellectual energy and engagement." His books include The Geography of the Imagination, The Death of Picasso, Herakleitos and Diogenes, A Table of Green Fields, The Cardiff Team, DaVinci's Bicycle, and many more.

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