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Cartesian Sonata: And Other Novellas
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date September 1, 1998
Pages 274
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375401688
ISBN-10 0375401687
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.10 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
In four interconnected novellas--'Cartesian Sonata,' 'Bed and Breakfast,' 'Emma Enters a Line of Elizabeth Bishop's,' and 'The Master of Secret Revenges'--the author of The Tunnel explores the themes of mind, matter, and God and the conflict between good and evil. 15,000 first printing. (view table of contents) description: Product Description: From the award-winning author of The Tunnel and Finding a Form--four interrelated novellas that explore Mind, Matter, and God. In the first novella, Gass redefines Descartes' philosophy. God is a writer in a constant state of fumble. Mind is represented by a housewife who is a modern-day Cassandra. And Matter is, what (and who) else but the helpless and confused husband of Mind. In the novella that follows, the concept of salvation is explored through material possessions--a collection of kitsch--as a traveling businessman is slowly lost in the sheer surfeit of matter in a small Illinois town. In another, Gass explores the mind's ability to escape. A young woman growing up in ruralIowa finds herself losing touch with the physical world as she loses herself in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. And in "The Master of Secret Revenges," God appears in the form of Descartes' evil demon, Lucifer, as Gass chronicles the life of a young man named Luther and his development from his devilish youth to his demonic adulthood. A profound exploration of good and evil, philosophy and action, filled with the wit and style that have defined the work of William Gass.

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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 1, 1998)
9780375401688 | details & prices | 274 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $24.00
About: Four interconnected novellas explore the themes of mind, matter, God, and the conflict between good and evil
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With William H. Gass | Reprint edition from Dalkey Archive Pr (February 15, 2009); titled "Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas"
9781564785022 | details & prices | 274 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $13.95
About: From the award-winning author of The Tunnel and A Temple of Texts come four interrelated novellas that explore good and evil, action and thought, redemption and possession.
Reprint edition from Basic Books (January 27, 2000)
9780465026203 | details & prices | 274 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Four interconnected novellas explore the themes of mind, matter, God, and the conflict between good and evil.

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