Wild California (Five Leaves Short Stories) Paperback – 5 Mar 2004
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Victoria Nelson is a master of atmosphere, of place and mood in unexpected geographies and far horizons; in the powerful US tradition of vivid micro-realism, she sets a strong, active pulse beating through her narratives of moral disorientation and violent adventure. --Marina Warner
About the Author
Victoria Nelson's previous books include The Secret Life of Puppets (winner of the Modern Languages Association award for comparative literature studies). She is also the co-translator of Letters, Drawings and Selected Essays of Bruno Schulz and author of a memoir of Hawaii.
Top Customer Reviews
A local author kidnapped by the Russian mafia after a reading and redeemed by a fan; a fractured Halloween night on the houseboats of Sausolito; A Jewish anthropologist gone native in a little Maori Village; the Venus of Willendorf in a string bikini in Bolinas; and a gnostic ghost trying to escape the bonds of place before complete dissolution. these are just some of the characters that inhabit Nelson's world, which is both sophisticated and grotesque, and reflective of the traditions that make up our world today.
Nelson's imagery is drawn not only from her experiences in Polynesia and California, but also from the arcanities of archaeology and H.P. Lovecraft. Her writing is rich with imagery and yet sparse enough for the reader to interject his or her color onto the characters that Nelson gives us.
This is a serious book which weaves the threads of twentieth century tradition into the random vagaries of postmodern life.
I couldn't put it down!