Flying to America: 45 More Stories

By Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme was once the most influential and creative writers of the twentieth century. during this quantity of unpublished and formerly uncollected tales, he transforms the absurd and weird into the true in his ordinary epiphanic, attractive, and richly textured type. The tales delve additional into issues that regularly Barthelme: the perils of the unfulfilled life; the relationships among politics, paintings, intercourse, and existence; and the significance of continuous to invite questions even supposing we're not able to profit the solutions. This assortment will pride either previous lovers and new readers.

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