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I Sailed with Magellan

Stuart Dybek

Picador

A New York Times Notable Book
A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Chicago Tribune Best Book
An American Library Association Notable Book
Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Adult Fiction Award

From the prizewinning American author Stuart Dybek comes a major new work of fiction: a novel-in-stories, eleven masterful tales told by a single voice of remarkable narrative power. I Sailed with Magellan depicts various characters of irrepressible vitality amid the stark neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side, where our hero, the restless Perry Katzek, transforms his daily experiences into lush, imaginative adventures.

In each of Dybek's intertwined episodes there is remarkable music. The book's dialogue and descriptive prose both reveal the rhythm of a street culture captured in all its emotional depth and unexpected humor: a man takes his young nephew to a string of taverns, where the boy sings for his uncle's bourbon; a small-time thug is distracted from making a hit by the mysterious reappearance of several ex-girlfriends; two unemployed youths hatch a scheme to finance their road trip to Mexico by selling orchids stolen from the rich side of town; a young couple's amorous beach adventure is interrupted when an unexpected visitor washes ashore. As these poignant chapters unfold with sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic results, Perry Katzek grapples with the exotic possibilities that the world offers him, finding them even beneath the often brutal surface of Chicago life.

Throughout I Sailed with Magellan we rediscover the captivating storytelling, the sharp and spare prose, and the brilliant dramatization of resilient, inventive humanity that mark Dybek's work.

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Praise for I Sailed with Magellan

"Spellbinding stories that are, by turns, hilarious, stunning and tragic, but always deeply moving, genuine and compassionate."
--Chicago Tribune
"Dream and memory, humor and pathos, song and silence: At his best Dybek combines these disparate elements in a shimmering web."
--Newsday
"All are gems; each glistens with Dybek's spare poetry; combined, they form a vibrant mosaic about a boy's coming of age.... By Magellan's end, you'll never want to leave... [An] A."
--Entertainment Weekly
"Vivid...With I Sailed With Magellan Dybek solidifies his reputation as the rightful heir to Farrell's gritty realism."
--The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Stuart Dybek

  • Stuart Dybek is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Coast of Chicago and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, as well as a volume of poetry, Brass Knuckles. A professor of English at Western Michigan University, he lives in Kalamazoo.
  • Stuart Dybek © Jon Randolph
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I Sailed with Magellan

Stuart Dybek

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