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Oblivion: Stories
by David Foster Wallace

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Edition: Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2004-06-08)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0316919810 / 9780316919814
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 566372

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“Besides Runaway, the most compelling contemporary fiction I've read in recent months has been Wallace's stories in Oblivion and a stunner of a collection by the British writer Helen Simpson. Simpson's book, a series of comic shrieks on the subject of modern motherhood, was published originally as Hey Yeah Right Get a Life—a title you would think needed no improvement. But the book's American packagers set to work improving it, and what did they come up with? Getting a Life.”

Jonathan Franzen (The New York Times)
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Book description
In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.


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