Rituals of Surgery Author:Richard Selzer $3.95 Literature/Medicine — - - - - - - - - - - — When this long-out-of-print collection of short stories was first published, Richard Ellmann wrote that Richard Selzer was "a strange and wonderful new voice in American fiction," and that his writing had 'splendid deftness." 'The Los Angeles Times' noted that Selzer "performs that mos... more »t magic of short-story miracles, to make, in a few pages, a life." Since that time, countless new readers of 'Mortal Lessons' and 'Confessions' of a Knive have come to appreciate and admire the deft prose of Dr. Selzer, our country's poet laureate of surgeons. Readers will find 'Rituals of Surgery' remarkabel, for in its stories -- whether of a macabre nose transplant in 15th-century Florence, or of a physician who finds that his skills evade him in a war-torn landscape -- Dr. Selzer demonstrates that pain can be transmuted into plot, isolation into irony, and the rituals of surgery into an exorcism of pain.
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Published by Simon and Schuster 0480
New York 0-671-25340-9
Author of MORTAL LESSONS and CONFESSIONS OF A KNIFE. "uses the same skill that is expected of him in his profession -- that of a surgeon... The searing gut-probing, spilling effect of them convolutes the imagination and disquites the sensibilities in an uncannily pleasing way."*