Lunar Savings Time by Alex Epstein

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It can’t be said of many writers that they’d be equally at home among contemporary McSweeney’s-style pranksters and the august lineage of Kafka, Borges and Bruno Schulz, but Alex Epstein is just such a find. Anyone looking for a bracing and rewarding literary experience is urged to read Lunar Savings Time.
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A new collection from an acknowledged master of flash-fiction

The stories in Lunar Savings Time slip through time and between dreams and waking, between native tongue and elusive translation, long-dead writers and just-opened books. Alex Epstein has created a masterwork in the finest strokes-stories in which humor, stubborn memory, and strange beauty meet and part ways in less than a page. Through these pages journey a woman who travels back in time to visit a psychoanalyst; Kafka, had he lived and emigrated to Israel after the Holocaust; the wandering Cain; the siege of Leningrad; Zen masters, beggars, writers, ghosts. In Epstein's lyrical philosophy, every imaginative proposition must answer to the burden of history--or perhaps, for every moon, there's rain; for every love story, the fact of time. "He can be placed next to Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Kafka, Borges," Haaretz has said of Epstein; Lunar Savings Time is his most radical collection yet, a wondrous achievement.

 

About Alex Epstein

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?Alex Epstein is the author of seven works of fiction in Hebrew, and in 2003 received the Israeli prime minister’s prize for literature. His collection Blue Has No South is also published by Clockroot Books. ?Becka Mara McKay is the author of the poetry collection A Meteorologist in the Promised Land and the translator of Alex Epstein’s Blue Has No South.
 
Published May 2, 2011 by Clockroot Books. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian McGillis on May 13 2011

It can’t be said of many writers that they’d be equally at home among contemporary McSweeney’s-style pranksters and the august lineage of Kafka, Borges and Bruno Schulz, but Alex Epstein is just such a find. Anyone looking for a bracing and rewarding literary experience is urged to read Lunar Savings Time.

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