With these sixty audacious and blackly witty stories, Donald Barthelme depicts a rich miscellany of the absurdities of life. Surreal events abound ? a thirty-five year old man finds himself back in sixth grade due to a baffling error; King Kong, now an adjunct professor of art history, climbs through a window to join a drinks party; the new owner of a little city becomes overwhelmed by the demands its citizens make on their proprietor; and the nonsense poet Edward Lear cheerfully invites his acquaintances to his bedside to witness his death. Constantly inventive and unsettling, Barthelme?s stories create a dazzling world of language and thought, perception and memory, myths and dreams.
Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to the New Yorker and taught creative writing at the University of Houston. In his career, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, among others.