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Siren Songs & Classical Illusions by [KEssler, Jascha]

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Editorial Reviews


Kessler's inventions are never pedantic parables of thinly cloaked allegories. Much more, each of these fully developed little pieces brings alive, if not quite the truth, then at least a situation where it might be found today. -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

These stories are much more than re-workings of classical themes. The are powerful, terse contemporary statements. The titles, such as 'Dafne,' 'Ikaros,' 'Cheiron,' give the illusion of classical points on our twentieth-century compass rose, and in the illusion lies the irony that gives these stories an extra dimension. --The Short Story Review

A collective odyssey of the contemporary ruling class, with places as varied as Los Angeles, southern France and Central America being the equivalents of classical settings. Drawing on Greek, biblical, medieval and Incan mythologies, the author uses a number of first-person narrative voices that are sensitive to mythic occurences in daily life, presenting not one-to-one correspondences but 'illusions' in which the mythic past seems always present.... Ironic and tinged with a witty cynicism, all are composed in a stylized and captivating prose. --New York Times Book Review

The stories have sharp-edged wit: the irony is trenchant, the intelligence incisive, the writing stylish. --Publishers Weekly

Kessler's fiction is fluent, swift, salty, spare. It is intelligent without fuss or headeaches, without manipulation. No big production, no heavy effects. Delightful stories. First rate. --Saul Bellow

About the Author

Jascha Kessler lives in Santa Monica, California. A professor Emeritus of English at UCLA, he is the author of three collections of poetry and several story collections, as well as the prize-winning translator of Geza Csáth's The Magician's Garden (Penguin), The Selected Poetry of Miklós Radnóti (OhioU. Press), The Face of Creation (Coffee House Press), and Sándor Rákos' Catullan Games (Marlboro Press). Since receiving the Major Hopward Award in 1952, Mr. Kessler has won three Senior Fulbright Fellowships, an IREX Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Fellowship. His Classical Illusions won the Shirley Collier Prize, and he is the first American writer to have received a Translation Medal from the Hungarian PEN Club.

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  • File Size: 1635 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: McPherson & Company (July 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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