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Fiction. Short Stories. Translated from the German by James J. Conway. To the fretful mother of a sick child it comes in the form of the long-awaited doctor. To a feeble old man it arrives as an obliging stranger who helps him to his feet and out through the garden gate. To the hapless workers of an overtaxed factory it is an industrial disaster with a paranormal dimension. Death comes to them all, yet the stories in Anna Croissant-Rust's cycle are charged with life. The ever-changing personification of mortality appears amid scenes of unexpected enchantment, full of light and wonder, of reverence for the mercurial passions of nature. An inventive revival of the medieval danse macabre, DEATH was issued in Germany on the eve of World War One. It is paired here with the author's earlier collection Prose Poems, which fused free verse and fragmentary narrative to create something sublime and entirely original. The intense emotional register and singular style confounded critics when it was first published in 1893, and by the time other writers were producing comparable work in the early 20th century it had been forgotten. This major English-language debut confirms Anna Croissant-Rust as a hugely powerful writer well overdue for recognition.
Number of Pages: 170
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Anna Croissant-Rust
Street Date: June 11, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-18-7292
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