A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2002 Pages: 288 in Publisher: Harper Perennial In the tradition of Flannery O'Conner and Andr Dubus A Stay of Confusion explores the role that religious belief and literature play in one writer's life All creative withwriting is . in the words of Robert Frost. a stay against confusion. It tries to find a harmony and order that we only fleetingly detect beneath the chaos of everyday life. Religion has also functioned in this way for Ron Hansen. and it shares with literature a reverence for mystery and for using metaphor to communicate a supernatural order that we will never fully perceive or comprehend. Here. Hansen talks about his novels. his childhood and family. and about mentors like John Gardner and John Irving. He explores ...

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In this vivid and deeply felt collection of essays, Ron Hansen talks about his novels, childhood, family, and mentors such as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, twentieth-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. A profile of his grandfather, a "tough-as-nails, brook-no-guff Colorado rancher," finds a place alongside a wonderfully informative portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A brilliant reading of a story by Leo Tolstoy follows an appreciation of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Surprisingly intimate, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers.

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?A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer's deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy.?Robert Coles, author of Lives of Moral Leadership "Rich, eloquent and thoughtful ... This is a deeply satisfying read."Publishers Weekly ?Wise and searching.?Wall Street Journal ?Erudite and meditative, A Stay Against Confusion?depicts a profound, complex spirituality?brims with intelligence, passion and conviction.?San Francisco Chronicle "Refreshing and enlightening ? only rarely does any writer explain himself so clearly and so courageously."Los Angeles Times "This vital new collection of essays ? is a generous benefaction ? fascinating ? courageous."Rick Moody, Book Forum

"Wise and searching." -- Wall Street Journal

"This vital new collection of essays . is a generous benefaction . fascinating . courageous." -- Rick Moody, Book Forum

"Refreshing and enlightening . only rarely does any writer explain himself so clearly and so courageously." -- Los Angeles Times

"Rich, eloquent and thoughtful ... This is a deeply satisfying read."--Publishers Weekly

"This vital new collection of essays ... is a generous benefaction ... fascinating ... courageous."--Rick Moody, Book Forum

"A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer's deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy."--Robert Coles, author of Lives of Moral Leadership

"Wise and searching."--Wall Street Journal

"Refreshing and enlightening ... only rarely does any writer explain himself so clearly and so courageously."--Los Angeles Times

"Erudite and meditative, A Stay Against Confusion...depicts a profound, complex spirituality...brims with intelligence, passion and conviction."--San Francisco Chronicle

Erudite and meditative, A Stay Against Confusion depicts a profound, complex spirituality brims with intelligence, passion and conviction. --San Francisco Chronicle"

"Refreshing and enlightening only rarely does any writer explain himself so clearly and so courageously."--Los Angeles Times"

Wise and searching. --Wall Street Journal"

A book that shines as a consequence of an accomplished writer s deeply felt (and understood) moral and spiritual energy. --Robert Coles, author of Lives of Moral Leadership"

"This vital new collection of essays is a generous benefaction fascinating courageous."--Rick Moody, Book Forum"

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