By Michael Henry Heim
This can be the 1st American e-book of 3 works by way of one in every of jap Europe's most unusual and creative writers. Dubravka Ugresic's within the Jaws of existence and different tales collects brief novels and a gaggle of brief tales grounded actually and expert by way of fancy. The name novel, Steffie Speck within the Jaws of lifestyles, charts the lifetime of a typist for a lonely hearts column. Laid out like a stitching development, with directions, diagrams, and invaluable tricks within the margin, it juxtaposes the cliches and trite suggestion of stereotypical women's magazines and pop culture with the real melancholy of the marginalized heroine. the fast tales accrued in existence is a Fairy story (Metaterxies) draw at the author's educational historical past to provide wickedly humorous parodies and droll pastiches of such writers as Daniil Kharms and Gogol. no matter if depicting the nameless lives of small characters in enormous towns or rewriting nice works from a noticeably irreverent point of view, Ugresic is clean, exciting, and always marvelous.
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