Authors

H. E. Francis

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Contents

The frog lady -- The woman from Jujuy -- The fence -- The man who made people -- One of the boys -- All the people I never had -- The moment of fish -- The deepest chamber -- 3 -- All the carnivals in the world -- Don't stay away too long -- The rate of decomposition in a cold climate -- The game -- Going west -- The transfusion man -- The itinerary of beggars -- Where was my life before I died? -- Contemplations of ecstasy on the day of my suicide -- Running

Abstract

H. E. Francis is a truly gifted writer who manages, in each of his stories, to concentrate with splendor and pathos on a single theme: the oneness of all things, the terrifying completion of the individual who contains within himself the entirety of life. In each instance some multiple interior existence affirms the power and beauty of Iife and the terrible distances between us. But the important thing is that Francis has found new ways to generate from ordinary language a writing voice at once familiar and yet surprising as well and, in its richness, worthy of his amazing human vision and limitless compassion. His work is shockingly profound.

Series Title

Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction

Award Date

1973

Judge

John Hawkes

Publication Date

1973

Publisher

University of Iowa Press

City

Iowa City

Total Pages

278

ISBN of Print Version

9780877450399

Rights

Copyright © 1973 by H. E. Francis. All rights reserved.