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Oblivion: Stories
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication date August 30, 2005
Pages 329
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780316010764
ISBN-10 0316010766
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summary
A new collection by the author of Infinite Jest includes 'The Soul Is Not a Smithy,' in which a lonely father recounts a daydream that distracts his son from noticing a teacher's homicidal breakdown; 'The Suffering Channel,' in which a sculpture artist's profile is influenced by office politics; and more. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product 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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Reprint edition from Back Bay Books (August 30, 2005)
9780316010764 | details & prices | 329 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A new collection by the author of Infinite Jest includes 'The Soul Is Not a Smithy,' in which a lonely father recounts a daydream that distracts his son from noticing a teacher's homicidal breakdown; 'The Suffering Channel,' in which a sculpture artist's profile is influenced by office politics; and more.
Miscellaneous
With David Foster Wallace | from Little Brown & Co (June 8, 2004)
9780759511569 | details & prices | List price $9.99

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