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The Dead Father

The Dead Father

FSG Classics

Donald Barthelme; Introduction by Donald Antrim

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe. As Donald Antrim writes in his introduction, "Reading The Dead Father, one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive."

Praise for The Dead Father

“The funniest and most effective things in The Dead Father are accomplished by language, by the writing itself . . . Essential reading.” —Jerome Klinkowitz, The New Republic

“Reading The Dead Father, one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom, . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive.” —from the introduction by Donald Antrim

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Donald Barthelme; Introduction by Donald Antrim

Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential American novelists of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing a unique postmodern voice to his novels, short stories, and essays. He died in 1989.

Donald Antrim is the author of three novels, including The Verificationist.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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