Self Portraits by Frederic Tuten
Fictions

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“An amazing, glittering, glowing, Proustian, Conradian, Borgesian, diamond-faceted, language-studded, myth-drowned Dream!”—Cynthia Ozick.


These mysterious, interrelated stories create a portrait of the author’s life, both real and imagined, as he appears in each tale variously as hero, bystander, artist, and ghost, yielding an enchanting autobiography of the imagination.



Fantasy and reality collide as the book’s principal characters—two lovers—meet, part, and reunite, time and again, at different stages in life and in landscapes both familiar and exotic. Death appears as a genial waiter in a café across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art; talking circus elephants console a ringmaster for his unrequited love; a young boy barters with pirates for his grandmother’s soul; and as a refrigerator begins spilling mini-glaciers into a couple’s East Village apartment, a voyage to Antarctica commences on an icy schooner waiting for them in Tompkins Square Park.



Love, and its mystery, is at the core of these self portraits, but love also for art, for adventure, and for the passion of being alive.
 

About Frederic Tuten

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Frederic Tuten is the author of Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York City.
 
Published September 13, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 249 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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in “The Park on Fire,” a man leaves his wife reading in a hotel and embarks on a stroll in the park that becomes a trip through an inferno, the tour led this time not by Virgil but by Federico García Lorca.

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Whenever he notices his audience’s attention waning with all the talk of Jean-Luc Godard, the nature of desire, and the relationship between beauty and youth, he begins frantically unspooling cockamamie yarns about a kiosk that sells immortality, but has an infinitely long line, or about a family...

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Norton & Company Product Description “An amazing, glittering, glowing, Proustian, Conradian, Borgesian, diamond-faceted, language-studded, myth-drowned Dream!”—Cynthia OzickThese mysterious, interrelated stories create a ...

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“Sometimes I think that you can’t experience anything unless it’s mediated by art,” a woman tells her husband in one of stories in Frederic Tuten’s recent collection, Self Portraits: Fictions.

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