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Dangerous laughter : thirteen stories

Author: Steven Millhauser
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The collection is divided into three parts that fit seamlessly together as a whole. It opens with a bang, as "Cat 'n' Mouse" reimagines the deadly ritual between cartoon rivals in a comedy of dynamite and anvils --a masterly prologue that sets the stage for the alluring, very grown-up twists that follow. Part one, "Vanishing Acts," features stories of risk and escape: a lonely woman disappears without a trace; a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories, American
Electronic books
Fiction
Short stories
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2007022929
(OCoLC)137331520
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Millhauser
ISBN: 9780307268730 030726873X
OCLC Number: 429929281
Description: 1 online resource (244 pages)
Contents: Cat 'n' mouse --
Disappearance of Elaine Coleman --
Room in the attic --
Dangerous laughter --
History of a disturbance --
Dome --
In the reign of Harad IV --
Other town --
Tower --
Here at the historical society --
Change in fashion --
Precursor of the cinema --
Wizard of West Orange.
Responsibility: Steven Millhauser.

Abstract:

The collection is divided into three parts that fit seamlessly together as a whole. It opens with a bang, as "Cat 'n' Mouse" reimagines the deadly ritual between cartoon rivals in a comedy of dynamite and anvils --a masterly prologue that sets the stage for the alluring, very grown-up twists that follow. Part one, "Vanishing Acts," features stories of risk and escape: a lonely woman disappears without a trace; a high school boy becomes entangled with his best friend's troubled sister; and a group of teenagers play a treacherous game that pushes them deep into "the kingdom of forbidden things." Excess reigns in the vivid, haunting places of Part two's "Impossible Architectures," where domes enclose whole cities, and a king's master miniaturist creates objects so tiny that soon his entire world is invisible. Finally, "Heretical Histories" presents startling alternatives to the remembered past. "A Precursor of the Cinema" proposes a new, enigmatic form of illusion. And in the astonishing "The Wizard of West Orange" a famous inventor sets out to simulate the sense of touch -- but success brings disturbing consequences.

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