A Bar in Brooklyn by Andrei Codrescu
Novellas & Stories 1970-1978

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Fiction. Since emigrating to the U.S. from his native Romania in 1966, Andrei Codrescu has blazed a rocket-bright trail across the cultural landscape of his adopted country, gaining a national audience as a public radio commentator, television personality, and editor of the radical literary journal EXQUISITE CORPSE. A BAR IN BROOKLYN collects his shorter fiction of the 1970s. "Older exiles who, as myself, had come here without speaking a word of English, guarded their simple secrets carefully because their vampiric ambitions depended on them... I had to go it alone, something I have a horror of." Andrei Codrescu is the author of BELLIGERENCE (Coffee House Press), available from SPD.

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Romanian-born poet and essayist Andrei Codrescu, who also utilizes the pen names Betty Laredo and Maria Parfeni, emigrated to the United States in 1966. Codrescu earned a B.A. at the University of Bucharest, and has taught at numerous academic institutions including Johns Hopkins, the University of Baltimore, and Louisiana State University. Codrescu worked for National Public Radio as a commentator and has been featured on ABC News' Nightline. Some of Codrescu's short stories and novels include his first poetry collection, License to Carry a Gun and a memoir entitled In America's Shoe. Throughout the years, Codrescu has been awarded many honors including the Big Table Poetry Award, General Electric Foundation Poetry Prize, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for poetry, editing, and radio. His titles include The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, The Poetry Lesson, and Whatever Gets You through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments.
Published March 1, 1999 by Black Sparrow Books. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But these narratives and the other stories collected here are mere armatures on which Codrescu can explode one metaphor after another, discoursing freely on the anxieties of art and exile, literary and immigration agents and, of course, sex and death.

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