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Donald Barthelme (1931–1989)

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Donald Barthelme was born on April 7, 1931, and was one of the major U.S. short story writers and novelists of the late twentieth century. Barthelme satirized American life. Born in Philadelphia, Barthelme spent part of his early life in Houston, Texas, and began to write fiction while working as a visa mer journalist, director of an art museum and university publicist. These occupations became fuel for his creative fire. His arsenal of techniques included parodies of television shows, radio plays and recipes, long and elaborate metaphors, complex dream sequences, and a break-neck narrative pace. After the publication of his first collection, Come Back Dr. Caligari (1964), Barthelme became a full-time writer of short stories and novels. The latter included Snow White (1967), The Dead Father (1975), and Paradise (1986). Barthelme also published three more short story collections, 60 Stories (1981), Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), and 40 Stories (1987). Barthelme died of cancer in 1989. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Donald Barthelme

Sixty Stories (1981) 1,608 exemplar
Forty Stories (1987) 944 exemplar
Snow White (1965) 809 exemplar
The Dead Father (1975) 702 exemplar
The King (1990) 364 exemplar
Come Back, Dr. Caligari (1964) 298 exemplar
Storstadsliv (1970) 258 exemplar
Paradise (1986) 241 exemplar
Amateurs (1976) 193 exemplar
Sadness (1972) 152 exemplar
Guilty Pleasures (1974) 100 exemplar
Great Days (1979) 91 exemplar
Collected Stories (2021) 65 exemplar
Sam's Bar (1987) 18 exemplar
The Balloon [short fiction] (1966) 8 exemplar
41 verhalen (2016) 8 exemplar
The School [short story] (2014) 7 exemplar
I Bought a Little City (2014) 6 exemplar
Game 5 exemplar
Here in the Village (1978) 5 exemplar
The Glass Mountain (2014) 4 exemplar
Presents (1980) 4 exemplar
A Manual for Sons (2010) 2 exemplar
Paraguay 2 exemplar
Dilettanti (2015) 2 exemplar
The Photographs 2 exemplar
[No title] 1 exemplar
Zombies 1 exemplar
El pare mort (2020) 1 exemplar
Seixanta contes (2022) 1 exemplar
Racconti 1 exemplar
Amateurs 1 exemplar
Shower of Gold 1 exemplar
Regele 1 exemplar
No Royalty A/C Snow White (1968) 1 exemplar
Barthelme Donald 1 exemplar
Der Kopfsprung (1996) 1 exemplar
Voltiges (1990) 1 exemplar
Emeraude (1992) 1 exemplar
Swallowing 1 exemplar
Padesát povídek (1999) 1 exemplar
Contact 7 (1961) 1 exemplar
The King 1 exemplar

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Bibliothek Suhrkamp. Ein Lesebuch, Klassiker der Moderne (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
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Enjoying Stories (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Fiction, Volume 1, Number 1 — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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Vedertaget namn
Barthelme, Donald
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
New York, New York, USA
University of Houston
curator (Houston Museum of Contemporary Art)
Barthelme, Frederick (brother)
Barthelme, Steven (brother)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1978)
Kort biografi
Donald Barthelme was born in 1931 in Philadelphia. He was a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, winner of a National Book Award, a director of PEN and the Author's Guild, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His sixteen books -- including Snow White, The Dead Father, and City Life -- substantially redefined American short fiction for our time. In 1972 he won the National Book Award for children's literature for The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine of the Hithering Thithering Djinn. He died in 1989.



this is another of those books where I feel I'm missing something big. each story consists of like a series of often surreal images, lines of speech or vignettes. for most stories the extent to which each segment fits together is very unclear and they only rarely fit into a coherent whole. Sometimes they do but you're just left going huh and wondering if you're missing something anyway. some of the images and words are good but a lot of them don't bring up any associations or ideas or anything for me. there is also a lot of confusing relatively long descriptions. a few of the stories are good, although not incredibly so. mostly I just feel like I'm reading and understanding the words but nothing more, it's not bringing up any emotions or ideas or anything on a regular basis, it's rarely interesting, just words. it's frustrating because it's not as if I hate it I'm just not feeling anything

and some are good like the new owner which is about how landlords are bad
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tombomp | 11 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
I love Barthelme's shorter works, but I didn't enjoy this one at all, and and abandoned it after about fifty pages. To me, his writing style, so laden with irony, didn't suit the longer form. Such a constant barrage of irony on so many levels just left me alienated and failing to care. Maybe one day I'll come back to this and see what it has to offer.
robfwalter | 6 andra recensioner | Jul 31, 2023 |
This collection is full of experimentation and humor and probably some deep thoughts that I totally missed, and I'm glad it exists for whoever the receptive audience is.
Kiramke | 5 andra recensioner | Jun 27, 2023 |
Perhaps one of the most pointless books I've ever read: a short piece of absurdist humour without the humour and with the absurdism being completely inert. Splayed rather than pointed in its motives, Donald Barthelme's The King makes no use of its interesting concept; that of King Arthur and his knights being present in Britain during the Second World War.

It's a struggle to determine what the point was of such a move: we must assume the idea came to Barthelme from the old legend that the Once and Future King will return to aid Britain in its hour of gravest need – and could there be any time of need more appropriate than 1940? However, aside from a few token and desultory name drops of Dunkirk and the Blitz, there's no attempt at all to utilise the World War Two potential, and the Arthurian court are about as relevant and essential to their new wartime setting as Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are to the proper functioning of the original Hamlet. Launcelot and Guinevere aren't dead here, however. Just limp.

It's hard to pin down what the writer was trying to do, if indeed he was trying to do anything. At one point I thought perhaps the anachronism of having King Arthur in the modern age was meant to be a commentary on the purported anachronism of monarchy in the modern age, but this idea was dropped in the text the instant it was raised. As too was the idea – perhaps Barthelme's only good one – of the quest for the Holy Grail being replaced by the quest to develop the first atomic bomb.

These were the only two signposts I could find in the author's inoffensive but empty meander of a book – though not so much signposts as broken twigs indicating that something, who knows what, had passed by. The King is just yet another of those books which seems determined to confirm 'post-modern' as a synonym for 'tedious, self-satisfied noodling'. Sometimes taking a risk on a promising book just doesn't pay off. It happens.
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MikeFutcher | 3 andra recensioner | May 12, 2023 |



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