The Amount to Carry by Carter Scholz

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From the author of Radiance, a dazzling and unhinging collection of his finest stories

In this collection of twelve stories, Carter Scholz, author of the critically acclaimed novel Radiance and co-author (with Jonathan Lethem) of Kafka Americana, reveals his truly remarkable range and prodigious narrative gifts. Traveling from the surface of the moon to the New Jersey suburbs, from Jan Van Eyck’s “invention” of oil painting to the aged Ezra Pound at St. Elizabeth’s, from Galileo’s telescope to a theory of catastrophes, they explore the places in the human mind where science and fiction merge. In the same manner as the later works of Nabokov or the fictive universes of Calvino, Kafka, and Borges, Scholz’s stories disturb the universe, probe the worlds we call home, and measure the degrees of our alienation. Mind-expanding, entertaining, and often richly disquieting, The Amount to Carry brings us bravura performances of the imagination.

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Carter Scholz is the author of Radiance and co-author of Kafka Americana. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Published February 1, 2003 by Picador. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most of these pieces originally appeared in SF magazines (Isaac Asimov’s SF Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction), though they might just as easily have appeared in mainstream literary quarterlies, and some did (The Missouri Review, Crank!).

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Most successful are the tales that achieve a marvelous synthesis of historical and present-day currents, such as the title story, in which the disparate lives of three insurance salesmen (one of them Franz Kafka) collide in a resoundingly modernistic fashion at the a 1920s Conference of Internati...

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