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W. W. Norton & Company Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts   by David Shields (Edited by), Matthew Vollmer (Edited by)
October 15, 2012
9780393341959, 039334195X
$18.95 USD, $20.00 CAD, £12.99, €15.00
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Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
W. W. Norton & Company
368 pages
6 in W | 8.3 in H | 1 in T | 0.8 lb Wt
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Contemporary short stories enacting giddy, witty revenge on the documents that define and dominate our lives.

In our bureaucratized culture, we're inundated by documents: itineraries, instruction manuals, permit forms, primers, letters of complaint, end-of-year reports, accidentally forwarded email, traffic updates, ad infinitum. David Shields and Matthew Vollmer, both writers and professors, have gathered forty short fictions that they've found to be seriously hilarious and irresistibly teachable (in both writing and literature courses): counterfeit texts that capture the barely suppressed frustration and yearning that percolate just below the surface of most official documents. The innovative stories collected in Fakes-including ones by Ron Carlson (a personal ad), Amy Hempel (a complaint to the parking department), Rick Moody (Works Cited), and Lydia Davis (a letter to a funeral parlor)-trace the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction and exemplify a crucial form for the twenty-first century.
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David Shields, the author of Reality Hunger, is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.
Matthew Vollmer is the author of Future Missionaries of America and Inscriptions for Headstones. He is a professor at Virginia Tech.

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