Donald Barthelme: Forty Stories
William H. Gass has written of Donald Barthelme that ?he has permanently enlarged our perception of the possibilities open to short fiction.? In Forty Stories, the companion volume to "Sixty Stories," we encounter a dazzling array of subjects: Paul Klee, Goethe, "Captain Blood," modern courtship, marriage and divorce, armadillos, and other unique Barthelmean flights of fancy. These pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces tangle with the ludicrous, pose questions that remain unresolved, and challenge familiar bits of language heretofore unexamined. "Forty Stories" demonstrates Barthelme's unrivaled ability to surprise, to stimulate, and to explore.
Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed "The Athena Project," four women are about to undertake one of the nation s deadliest assignments. When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are Mother Angelica's Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures pdf tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows. In the jungles of South America, a young US intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the US government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport. As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack one of unimaginable proportions has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government."
Author: Donald Barthelme
Number of Pages: 272 pages
Published Date: 01 Apr 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Country: New York, NY, United States
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