Oblivion: Stories by David Foster WallaceOblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace

Oblivion: Stories

byDavid Foster Wallace

Paperback | August 30, 2005

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In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness--a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
These are worlds undreamt of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or could explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").
Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate.
David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1962 and raised in Illinois, where he was a regionally ranked junior tennis player. He received bachelor of arts degrees in philosophy and English from Amherst College and wrote what would become his first novel, The Broom of the System, as his senior English thesis. He received a ...
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Title:Oblivion: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316010766

ISBN - 13:9780316010764

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wallace Wallace is one of the all-time greats. This is fantastic
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar Wallace is a master craftsman and his keen societal observations resonate with you long after you close the book.
Date published: 2016-11-24

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""David Foster Wallace has earned a place as one of America's most daring and talented young writers....His eye for cultural detail is ever sharp, his humor ever dry."