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"I find the region on the whole quite weird..."

Emerging author Eric Lundgren:
One of my ambitions is to write about the Midwest not in a gently humorous mode, a la Garrison Keillor, or as a theatre for quietly snuffed realist dreams, but in a sort of estranged, almost grotesque mode, the way Flannery O’Connor wrote about the South, or the way Thomas Bernhard wrote about Austria. This could be a deeply bad idea. I find the region on the whole quite weird, including the widely held belief of its inhabitants that it’s a second-class place and not really worth discussing in detail.
His debut novel, The Facades, sounds interesting and is firmly on my radar.

August 1, 2013 in Books | Permalink

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The description of the novel at the link almost makes it sound like The Shadow of the Wind or some magical realist story.

Posted by: Paul Lamb at Aug 1, 2013 5:52:27 PM