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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories Author:William H. Gass IN THIS SUITE of five short pieces -- one of the unqualified literary masterpieces of the American 1960s -- William Gass finds five beautiful forms in which to explore the signature theme of his fiction: the solitary soul?s poignant, conflicted, and doomed pursuit of love and community. In their obsessions, Gass?s Midwestern dreamers are like th... more »e "grotesques" of Sherwood Anderson, but in their hyper-linguistic streams of consciousness, they are the match for Joyce?s Dubliners.
'These stories scrape the nerve and pierce the heart. They also replenish the language. The are told sparely, hauntingly, with compassion and a remarkable exploratory courage.' -- Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times
'. . . makes clear the rewards of an imagination which clings to the concrete world like a lover and makes of it, through near-perfect language, a renewed mystery.' --Jack Richardson, The New York Review of Books« less