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A Vaudeville of Devils

Robert Girardi

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ISBN 10: 0385333978 / ISBN 13: 9780385333979
Published by Delacorte Press, 1999
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Title: A Vaudeville of Devils

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition - may be Reissue.

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A treasury of short fiction by the author of Madeleine's Ghost explores the moral uncertainties of human life in seven stories in which human souls are won or lost based on the result of everyday decisions, including such works as "The Dinner Party" and "The Primordial Face."


<p>'A rich, exciting book ... An impressive further step in Girardi's colorful and engaging career'</p><p><br />KIRKUS REVIEWS</p><br /><br />Seductive . . . Girardi, a skilled storyteller, writes sensuous prose that unapologetically invokes the supernatural (<i>The New York Times Book Review on A Vaudeville of</i>)<br /><br />Highly accomplished (<i>The Times</i>)<br /><br /><p>''Touched with a near-maddening mysteriousness, and enriched by lavish historical, dystopic and dream-like settings, these vividly detailed tales give voice to specters of the dark side'</p><p><br />PUBLISHERS WEEKLY</p><br /><br />'Highly accomplished' - The Times<br /><br />The stories in this volume are richly descriptive, with a whiff of the grotesque and macabre...It's inventiveness and brio suggest Girardi will soon be receiveing recognition as an important writer (<i>The Times Literary Supplement</i>)<br /><br />'Seductive . . . Girardi sifts through his characters' doubts and demons while mapping a complex cultural terrain . . . Girardi, a skilled storyteller, writes sensuous prose that unapologetically invokes the supernatural. Although moral in theme, these frank, erotic tales are never moralistic. Illustrating the compromises that ordinary people make gradually, almost imperceptibly, A Vaudeville of Devils exposes the subtle art of the Faustian bargain' - The New York Times Book Review<br /><br />'Robert Girardi is an American writer whose work feels distinctly European. His writing has a Kafkaesque interest in atmosphere and a predilection for the supernatural and fabular which recalls Isak Dineson . . . A Vaudeville of Devils, a collection of shorter fiction, is preoccupied with darkness and light, appearance and reality. The stories in this volume are richly descriptive, with a whiff of the grotesque and macabre. . . .The opening story . . . Is an affecting piece of writing, notable for the way in which Girardi evokes the painter's magical quality with elliptical ease. . . [In 'The Defenestration] the encounters between defendant and attorney are magnificently drawn, and this piece demonstrates the imaginative immediacy of the finest storytelling. Its inventiveness and brio suggest Girardi will soon be achieving recognition as an important writer' TLS

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