Resident Alien by Clark Blaise
(Penguin Short Fiction)

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"RESIDENT ALIEN" IS THE FIRST BLAISE BOOK TO BE ORIGINATED BY PENGUIN CANADA AND WE ARE PROUD TO WELCOME HIM. "RESIDENT ALIEN" IS AN INTERESTING EXPLORATION OF THE FINE LINE BETWEEN AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND FICTION - NONFICTION ESSAYS SURROUND STORIES THAT IMAGINATIVELY REWORK THE MATERIAL ALREADY PRESENTED. BLAISE ONCE AGAIN LOOKS AT THE SUBEJCT OF LONLINESS AND ALIENATION AND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES,AND HE RECONSTRUCTS THE SMALL EVENTS AND INFLUENCES ON A LIFE THAT COULD HAVE PRODUCED "AN EVENTUAL ARTIST (IF LUCKY) OR A FUNCTIONAL NEUROTIC."
 

About Clark Blaise

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Clark Blaise has taught in Montreal, Toronto, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, as well as at Skidmore College, Columbia University, Iowa, NYU, Sarah Lawrence and Emory. For several years he directed the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Among the most widely travelled of authors, he has taught or lectured in Japan, India, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Haiti and Mexico. He lived for years in San Francisco, teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to the novelist Bharati Mukherjee and currently divides his time between San Francisco and Southampton, Long Island. In 2002, he was elected president of the Society for the Study of the Short Story. In 2003, he was given an award for exceptional achievement by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian letters as an author, essayist, teacher, and founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University''.
 
Published September 2, 1986 by Penguin Books. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this seminal journey into my obsessions with self and place,'' Blaise (Lusts, etc.t effectively presents his fictional Porter/Carrier stories between two autobiographical fragments. In the proces

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