Cartesian Sonata: And Other Novellas

By William H. Gass

From the award-winning writer of The Tunnel and Finding a Form -- 4 interrelated novellas that discover brain, topic, and God. within the first novella, Gass redefines Descartes' philosophy. God is a author in a continuing country of fumble. brain is represented by means of a housewife who's a modern day Cassandra. And topic is, what (and who) else however the helpless and pressured husband of brain.

In the novella that follows, the idea that of salvation is explored via fabric possessions--a selection of kitsch--as a touring businessman is slowly misplaced within the sheer surfeit of subject in a small Illinois city. In one other, Gass explores the mind's skill to flee. a tender lady turning out to be up in ruralIowa unearths herself wasting contact with the actual international as she loses herself within the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.

And in The grasp of mystery Revenges, God seems to be within the kind of Descartes' evil demon, Lucifer, as Gass chronicles the lifetime of a tender guy named Luther and his improvement from his devilish formative years to his demonic maturity. A profound exploration of excellent and evil, philosophy and motion, choked with the wit and magnificence that experience outlined the paintings of William Gass.

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