The Knife Thrower and Other Stories by Steven Millhauser

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From the bestselling author of Martin Dressler comes a new collection of short stories that explore the magnificent obsessions of the unfettered imagination, as well as the darker, subterranean currents that fuel them.

With the panache of an old-fashioned magician, Steven Millhauser conducts his readers from the dark corners beneath the sunlit world to a balloonist's tour of the heavens. He transforms department stores and amusement parks into alternate universes of infinite plentitude and menace. He unveils the secrets of a maker of automatons and a coven of teenage girls. And on every page of The Knife Thrower and Other Stories, Millhauser confirms his stature as a narrative enchanter in the tradition of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges.

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About Steven Millhauser

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Steven Millhauser is the author of numerous works of fiction, including Martin Dressler, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1997, and, most recently, Dangerous Laughter, a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. He teaches at Skidmore College and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Published September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Several of the tales here, including ""Flying Carpets,"" ""The Sisterhood of Night,"" and ""Clair de Lune,"" issue from Millhauser's fascination with the special receptivity that children and adolescents demonstrate for the mysterious potentials of life, for sensing the sheer strangeness behind t...

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''As we hurry along the sidewalk,'' Millhauser writes, ''we have the absurd sensation that we have entered still another department, composed of ingeniously lifelike search of a way out.'' Although Millhauser's weakness for enumeration waterlogs a few tales, the sheer volume and...

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