The Amount to Carry: Stories

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Macmillan, 2003 - Fiction - 208 pages
From the author of Radiance, a dazzling and unhinging collection of his finest stories

In this collection of twelve stories, Carter Scholz, author of the critically acclaimed novel Radiance and co-author (with Jonathan Lethem) of Kafka Americana, reveals his truly remarkable range and prodigious narrative gifts. Traveling from the surface of the moon to the New Jersey suburbs, from Jan Van Eyck’s “invention” of oil painting to the aged Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s, from Galileo’s telescope to a theory of catastrophes, they explore the places in the human mind where science and fiction merge. In the same manner as the later works of Nabokov or the fictive universes of Calvino, Kafka, and Borges, Scholz’s stories disturb the universe, probe the worlds we call home, and measure the degrees of our alienation. Mind-expanding, entertaining, and often richly disquieting, The Amount to Carry brings us bravura performances of the imagination.
 

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Contents

The Eve of the Last Apollo
1
A Catastrophe Machine
31
Blumfeld an Elderly Bachelor
64
A Draft of Canto CI
102
Travels
126
At the Shore
140
The Nine Billion Names of God
158
Mengeles Jew
180
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About the author (2003)

Carter Scholz is the author of Radiance and co-author of Kafka Americana. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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