Anti-requiem by Louis Maistros
New Orleans Stories

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Now formatted in full color for Kindle Fire HD!

A collection of short fiction and essays (much of which is previously unpublished) from the author of the critically acclaimed New Orleans novel, "The Sound of Building Coffins."

This expanded and illustrated version contains two special preview chapters from the novel-in-progress, "Holy Meaux," seen here for the first time, as well as several new essays not included in the previous edition, and a sampling of letters and private journal entries that chronicle the author's personal journey through the City of New Orleans in the last 18 years. This collection is also now fully illustrated with unusual and original photographic images of the city taken by the author. The images will appear in black and white for users of "e-ink technology" Kindles, but full color for users of the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD or any of the Kindle apps (Kindle for PC, iPad, iPhone, etc..) that support color graphics. This edition also includes an interactive table of contents.

From the heartbreaking to the hilarious, Anti-requiem is unique journey through a side of New Orleans that is rarely seen.

Table of Contents:

NEAR TRUTHS (fiction)

New Orleans, December 24, 1994
Gwen
Unexpected
Twitterheads
Calisaya Blues
Unpublished Interview With Buddy Bolden
You and Yer Big Goopy Brain
Heckler
Gleeby Rhythm is Born
Charity Hospital


HARD TRUTHS (non fiction)

ON GOD AND FAMILY IN NEW ORLEANS:
Grace Medicine: A Story of Coco Robicheaux
Letter to Donald Harington about God and Bill Clinton
Letter to a Friend about Stanley
Dear Booker
Their Generation
Unpacking
ON CRIME AND PAIN IN NEW ORLEANS:
How Much For This?
Letter to a Friend on the High Cost of Living in Fear in New Orleans
Wild West Down South
How We Get By
ON WRITING:
Filling the Holes of History with the Poetry of Music
Letter to a Friend on The Incompatibility of Writing and Publishing
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer (A letter in response to a young writer who is feeling the fear)
Random Thursday Night at the Gold Mine
ON BELOVED NEW ORLEANS:
The Case For Kindness During Hurricane Season
Sense of Place
Hot 8 Here Now
The Mighty Muffuletta: A Ritual

3 SONGS:
Go Down, Water
Dreamless
Glory

CODA:
Anti-requiem

Praise for The Sound of Building Coffins:

"Louis Maistros has written a lyrical, complex, and brave novel that takes enormous risks and pulls them all off. He is a writer to watch and keep reading, a writer to cherish."
-Peter Straub

"A thing of wonder, unlike anything in our literature. No novel since A Confederacy of Dunces has done such justice to New Orleans."
-Donald Harington, winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award

"The Sound of Building Coffins is easily one of the finest and truest pieces of New Orleans fiction I've ever read."
-Poppy Z. Brite

"Maistros creates a city that is part dream, part hallucination. His New Orleans embodies both the grim reality of a particular time and the city's eternal, shimmering beauty."
-Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune

"The Sound of Building Coffins a macabre and utterly hypnotic feat of literary imagination..."
-Philip Booth, St. Petersburg Times

"The multiple plot lines smoothly interlock like simultaneous horn solos in an early Louis Armstrong single, and the steady flow of closely observed details and dialogue are a consistent pleasure."
-Joab Jackson, The Baltimore City Paper

"For me, it was the perfect book, at the perfect time, and I will cherish it forever."
-Ray Shea, TheRumpus.Net

"This book sings out in true jazz fashion-wildly inventive, oddly formed yet perfectly made, and never a sour note."
-The Anniston Star

"A sprawling, complex, and ultimately absorbing work."
- Baltimore Magazine
 

About Louis Maistros

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Published February 6, 2010 212 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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