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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author: the essential stories across three decades that showcase his indomitable imagination.
Steven Millhauser's fiction has consistently, and to dazzling effect, dissolved the boundaries between reality and fantasy, waking life and dreams, the past and the future, darkness and light, love and lust. The stories gathered here unfurl in settings as disparate as nineteenth-century Vienna, a contemporary Connecticut town, the corridors of a monstrous museum, and Thomas Edison's laboratory, and they are inhabited by a wide-ranging cast of characters, including a knife thrower and teenage boys, ghosts and a cartoon cat and mouse. But all of the stories are united in their unfailing power to surprise and enchant. From the earliest to the stunning, previously unpublished novella-length title story—in which a man who is dead, but not quite gone, reaches out to two lonely women—Millhauser in this magnificent collection carves out ever more deeply his wondrous place in the American literary canon.
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Steven Millhauser's fiction has consistently, and to dazzling effect, dissolved the boundaries between reality and fantasy, waking life and dreams, the past and the future, darkness and light, love and lust. The stories gathered here unfurl in settings as disparate as nineteenth-century Vienna, a contemporary Connecticut town, the corridors of a monstrous museum, and Thomas Edison's laboratory, and they are inhabited by a wide-ranging cast of characters, including a knife thrower and teenage boys, ghosts and a cartoon cat and mouse. But all of the stories are united in their unfailing power to surprise and enchant. From the earliest to the stunning, previously unpublished novella-length title story—in which a man who is dead, but not quite gone, reaches out to two lonely women—Millhauser in this magnificent collection carves out ever more deeply his wondrous place in the American literary canon.
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      • source: Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books
      • content: "Powerful . . . A book of astonishingly beautiful and moving stories by one of America's finest and most original writers. . . . Millhauser is one of the most imaginative writers we have, capable of pure invention. . . . Sublime."
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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle, Best of 2011
      • content: "Millhauser's capstone collection of strange fables, written over the past 30 years, don't evoke life; they provoke thought."
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      • source: Times Literary Supplement
      • content: "Millhauser is a writer whose work partakes both of the dream logic strangeness of the post-Borgesian fictional tradition and the calm virtuosity of mass magazine American story writing. . . . . Steven Millhauser is at his best when he is mysterious but explicable--which is the case more now than ever."
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      • source: Jonathan Lethem, The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Exquisite . . . I'm a Steven Millhauser fan. This kind of a book is a story-writer's crown . . . a career capstone on behalf of writer good enough to receive the honor. . . . The opening story is my favorite among the new offerings . . . it is a mirror of unprecedented ungenerosity: it shows us only ourselves. . . . Devastating . . .Suggestive . . . Brave and inspired."
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      • source: The Nation
      • content: "Mesmerizing . . . magical. We Others comprehends three decades of work, and it's remarkable not only for the consistent delight it provides but also for the unwavering intensity of the vision that animates it."
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      • source: The Providence Journal
      • content: "Outstanding . . . Each selection invites the reader to enter into the strangeness of a mysterious and fascinating place. Don't miss these new and selected stories."
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      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "A Steven Millhauser story is meticulously worded, often off-kilter at heart, and deserving of comparisons to Borges and Kafka. He has built a reputation on producing a consistently mystifying and provocative product. In this volume of new and selected works written over 30 years, he offers us numerous tales from four volumes whose storylines have been creative loci for him for decades."
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      • source: Slate
      • content: "[We Others] is all the things a person wants a Steven Millhauser book to be: lapidary, disturbing, mandarin, brilliant, perverse, and funny."
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      • source: The A.V. Club
      • content: "Millhauser still wears the distinction of 'short-story master' around his neck like an albatross keeping him out of the spotlight. With the arrival of his newest collection, the career-spanner We Others, it's clear that while he might prefer novels, short stories remain his most accessible and influential work. . . . [Millhauser's] fierce imagination comes with a dark temperament instead of positive humor."
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      • source: Time Out Chicago
      • content: "Many of the [twenty-one] stories collected [in We Others] walk the line between absurdism and realism to dizzying effect. . . . .Millhauser's chops are indisputable, having won a Pulitzer for his novel Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer. And both the new stories and the old prove that he's one of the most inventive writers working today, constantly pulling apart and reassembling his stories until they don't resemble anyone else's."
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      • source: The Washington Post
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        "For almost 40 years, Steven Millhauser has been creating fables of identity, exploring how an irruption of the magical or inexplicable can unexpectedly transform a life or an entire society. . . . Steven Millhauser possesses the wand of an enchanter. In his books the wonders never cease."
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      • source: Richmond Times-Dispatch
      • content: "Steven Millhauser's stories lure us into dark places with promises of magic and wonder, and we're unable to look away--much less flee--as the stories take a subtle turn and we see strange, even terrifying things moving toward us. This must be how a small animal feels as it waits, hypnotized, for the predator's pounce: In a word, we have been millhauserized. Millhauser's new collection, We Others: New and Selected Stories, offers 21 stories drawn from the past three decades. Among them is some of the best contemporary gothic fiction you're likely to come across."
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      • source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
      • content: "Focusing on offbeat subjects like magicians, knife throwers and Borgesian museums, working in an elegant, plainspoken style, Millhauser conjures ordinary worlds that are stalked by strangeness. Blending the eerie and the true is his hallmark; at every turn he reminds us of how e
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        June 27, 2011
        Millhauser's latest (after Dangerous Laughter), seven new stories and 14 taken from four previous collections, is an excellent primer for casual fans of the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, whose dreamy tales of Old World phantoms, All-American menace, and childhood mysteries reveal that some obsessions last a lifetime. However, Millhauser followers may be frustrated by the organizing principle: stories were selected that "seized my attention as if they'd been written by someone whose work I had never seen before," the author states. Yet there is a particular pleasure in seeing a new story, like "Tales of Darkness and the Unknown," remix the mood of adolescent longing mined 13 years ago in "Clare De Lune," or in recognizing the summertime idyll of the new "Getting Closer" in "A Protest Against the Sun," first published in 1981. "The Slap" and "The Next Thing," both new, are obvious critiques of modern life, but a deeper reading illuminates a lasting obsession with our need to impart meaning to the meaningless. New work shows the author eschewing the creaky wonder of classics like "August Eschenberg," but achieving an icy perfection with his prose. A conundrum, then: a gift for newcomers and a likely disappointment for fans, as it is neither a complete "collected works" nor a fresh collection. But diehards who want to trace the author's artistic development over a third of a century will be thrilled.

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      • source: Kirkus
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        July 15, 2011

        Literary fiction old and new from one of the contemporary masters of the form.

        Much of this collection has been selected from previous works, including stories from The Knife Thrower (1998) and The Barnum Museum (1990). Settings range from the contemporary to the indefinite to the historic. "A Protest Against the Sun" is modern enough to feature a character in Goth-like dress and a teenage protagonist so introspective and sophisticated as to seem coequal to her parents. Conversely, "Eisenheim the Illusionist" is set "when the Empire of the Hapsburgs was nearing the end of its long dissolution." Millhauser's latest work opens the book. In the first new story, "The Slap," readers enter a bucolic suburban community where a nameless man has begun to slap people at random. Clad in a bland trench coat, the man may be striking out against self-absorption and self-satisfaction, or he simply may be unstable. He slaps. And then he stops. Readers are left to dream why. The second new story is "The White Glove": Emily and Will, teenage partners in a deep platonic but not yet romantic relationship, are confronted by an odd disease that ends with Emily covering her hand with a white glove. Like much of Millhauser's work, "The White Glove" touches upon the surrealistic and resonates with metaphors and allegories. A shorter piece is "Getting Closer," six pages of exposition delving into a youngster's reluctance to end the sweet anticipation of summer's beginning. "The Invasion from Outer Space" offers near science fiction without robots and dying planets. "People of the Book" is a religious allegory complete with a virgin birth. Meanwhile, "The Next Thing" imagines a faceless corporation that builds a giant underground warehouse store—alluring and mysterious, a bizarre Sam's Club submerged—only to take over the town above for its own executives.

        Literary language, more introspection than action, much exposition, intelligent speculation about the human condition, all woven through sophisticated storytelling.


         

        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        March 15, 2011

        Selected stories ranging across three decades plus new works like the novella-length title story; a good mix for anyone who wants to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with Pulitzer Prize winner Millhauser. For literate readers everywhere.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        August 1, 2011
        This offering from the Pulitzer Prizewinner for the novel Martin Dressler (1996) collects 7 new and 14 previously published short stories, spanning three decades. The inventiveness and intelligence of Millhauser's writing has been well noted and, for the most part, the new works don't disappoint. In stately, almost formal prose that belies playfulness, often writing as we (or even as an I that reads more like a we), Millhauser explores the anxiety of a Long Island commuter town (The Slap); a 9-year-old's quiet existential crisis (Getting Closer); a teenager's unbearable curiosity about a friend's secret (The White Glove). In the best of the lot, the dreamlike The Next Thing, consumer society is presented as a colonizing force as townsfolk mortgage their futures to a many-tentacled retail operation. Unfortunately, The Invasion from Outer Space is a mere sketch, and People of the Book a one-note joke that doesn't land. But at his best, Millhauser juxtaposes suburban idyll and anxiety in probing examinations of the human condition. Any library that takes short fiction seriously should have this.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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