Coup de Foudre: A Novella and Stories by Ken Kalfus

By Ken Kalfus

The explosive new assortment by means of the prestigious writer of Thirst and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Pu-239 and different Russian Fantasies, Coup de Foudre is the type of groundbreaking paintings of literary invention Ken Kalfus's fanatics have come to anticipate. The ebook is anchored by way of the entire textual content of the provocatively topical name novella that seemed in Harper's, a occasionally farcical, eventually tragic tale concerning the president of a world lending establishment accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a brand new York resort. Recalling contemporary information occasions with irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers foreign political gridlock and the hypocrisies of appropriate sexual conduct.

In "The second They have been ready For," a assassin on loss of life row casts a spell granting the population of his urban the foreknowledge of the dates they're going to die. In "v. the big Hadron Collider," a pass judgement on distracted through the faint hazard of an adulterous affair needs to come to a decision even if to throw out a nuisance lawsuit that increases the even fainter chance that the full Earth might be destroyed. "The Un-" is a nostalgic tale of a tender writer's struggles as he attempts to surmount the massive, seriously guarded wall that it sounds as if separates writers who've been released from those that have not.

Varying boldly in topic, atmosphere, and tone, the tales in Coup de Foudre proportion Kalfus's specific humor and mind, inextricably sure with excessive literary ambition.

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When he pressed his cheek against the trunk, he felt the tree trembling and he could imagine its top again swaying in the wind. The tree could not see either, and lived for centuries. It had a different way of living. Lorge went to it many times although people often laughed at him because he had a new lover. But after three weeks he had the horses harnessed and was driven by his neighbour. This neighbour was a friend of his. He had been away at the time when Lorge had lost his eyesight. When he now saw the pale fat clod in the rack-waggon, he became very confused and afraid of fate.

Why did it snap, what was the reason, eh, given that it hadn’t rained? Either a rope doesn’t hold, in which The Bavarian Stories (1920–1924) 53 case you can’t hang yourself with it, or else it does, in which case you have to pull it apart if it is supposed to have snapped. It had snapped, so this affair wasn’t a suicide. Don’t say a word, not yet; I know the murderer’s behaviour was most unusual, even apart from the way he pulled his victim down again – he was able to, the branch was thick, a thick branch – he showed himself in public, he shouted in the street for everyone to hear, in order to get a gentleman who had been in Java to come to the window by night with a candle in his hand.

When a child took him out for a walk it ran off to play and he was seized by a great fear and was not brought home till late at night. Then the brothers who had been worried about him laughed and said: ‘You must have been with a woman,’ and ‘We can’t get rid of you, you see’. They meant it as a joke, being glad to have him back again. That night he could not get to sleep for a long time. Those two sentences settled down like squatters and made themselves at home in his brain which had become as inhospitable to the brighter side of life as a house without windows is to cheerful lodgers.

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