In this thought-provoking and playful short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence.
Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many guises. Among the stories are 'The Depressed Person, ' a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World, ' which reveals a woman's agonized consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, ' a dark, hilarious series of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women.
Wallace delights in leftfield observation, mining the absurd, the surprising, and the illuminating from every situation. This collection will enthrall DFW fans, and provides a perfect introduction for new readers.
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'Entertaining and dazzlingly innovative' Daily Telegraph 'Endlessly inventive' Evening Standard 'Exceptionally clever' Independent on Sunday 'As clever and intriguing as Wallace's past work' The Times 'The most significant writer of his generation' TLS 'Wallace's talent is such that you can't help wondering: how good can he get? Time Out 'Contains longish stretches of genius' Independent