Airships

Airships

eBook - 1994
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Winner of the PEN/Malamud Award, Airships is a "strong, original, tragic and funny" story collection of "the creative Southern tradition" (Alfred Kazin).

One of the most revered short story collections of the past fifty years, Airships remains a vital text in the history of the American short story. The award-winning contemporary classic features twenty wildly original, exuberant, often hilarious stories that celebrate the universal peculiarities of the new American South--a land of high school band contests where good old boys from Vicksburg are reunited in Vietnam, and petty nostalgia and the incessant pain of disappointed love prevail in spite of our worst efforts.

Hailed by none other than Larry McMurtry as "the best young writer to appear in the South since Flannery O'Connor," Barry Hannah's immense storytelling gifts are on striking display in this essential work.

"Hannah takes fiction by surprise--scenes, shocks, sounds and amazements: an explosive but meticulous originality." --Cynthia Ozick
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1994
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781555846428
1555846424
Branch Call Number: PS3558.A476 A75 1994x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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lukasevansherman
Nov 25, 2015

According to Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove"), Barry Hannah is "the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O'Connor." According to Philip Roth, "Hannah is more than just a new voice--he is half a dozen brilliant new voices." That's a lot to live up to, and you can really fault this story collection if it falls a little short of the hyperbole. Published in 1978, many of the stories first appeared in "Esquire," which is where I heard about this book. It can be seen as part of the "dirty realism" school and has some similarities with Thomas McGuane and Raymond Carver, with whom Hannah shared an editor. A few stories are set in Vietnam. "We're not simple animals. There's a god in every one of us, if we find him."-"Dragged Fighting From His Tomb"

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