- Title: A Modern Way to Die; Small Stories and Microtales
- Author: Peter Wortsman
- ISBN: 9780880641456
- Page: 490
- Format: Paperback
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When attempting to maintain the tradition of absurdism beyond Kafka and Kharms, a certain wit is necessary to keep all the nonsequiturs and wild leaps from being written merely for their own sake; the prose poems of Russell Edson are the best examples of a successful continuation of absurdism. Even when Edson veers toward sheer ridiculousness, his works often have a lucid attentiveness to language, a sense of the absurdity inherent to the self-conscious being and precise though strangely imagina [...]
This collection of small tales predates the in-vogue term flash fiction, but it's surely one of the cornerstones of the tradition. With compressed prose where the short story meets the prose poem, Wortsman continues in a vein mined by an internationally diverse cast of authors, including Cortazar, Kafka and Edson.
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