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Pricksongs & Descants
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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141193021
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Pricksongs & Descants


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In his carnivalesque and riotously inventive Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes old stories: of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty (who married her Beast and spends a lifetime suffering his doggy stink). And he reshapes his own: a man makes repeating, re-imagined journeys in an office elevator (while his fellow riders taunt and tempt him), and in the seminal, fractal 'The Babysitter' every moment in a single night is played and replayed, every hope and threat of sex and violence done and undone. Coover's dark, wilfil, comic imagination revels brilliantly in contradictions, a master of chaos.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141193021
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Robert Coover

Robert Coover is widely regarded as one of America's most influential living writers, author of some fifteen groundbreaking books of fiction, including Pricksongs & Descants, The Public Burning, and most recently Ghost Town. Coover has for the past decade been teaching experimental courses in hypertext and multimedia narrative at Brown University. His 1992 essay on hypertext in the New York Times Book Review, 'The End of Books,' galvanized electronic literature fans around the world.

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