New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
<< Previous bookNext book >>

Birds and Birthdays

A collection of stories by

Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Dorothea Tanning: three of the most interesting painters to flourish in male-dominated Surrealism. This is Christopher Barzak's tribute to them, three stories and an essay that enter into a humane surrealism which turns away from the unconscious and toward magic. Sometimes the stories themselves seem to be paintings. Sometimes painter and writer may be characters, regarding each other through a painful otherness, talking in shared secrets. Barzak's stories are huge with the spacious strangeness of worlds where there is always more room for a woman to escape her tormenters, or outgrow an older self. Here we find a bird-maker and a star-catcher whose shared history spills over into the birds and the stars themselves; a girl who outgrows her clothes, her house, and finally her town - and leaves to find her body a new home; a landlord, whose marriage, motherhood, separation, sexual exploration, and excursions into self-portraiture all take place within a single apartment building. In "Remembering the body: Reconstructing the Female in Surrealism," Barzak comments on the images that inspired these stories and discusses his own position as a writer among painters.

Used availability for Christopher Barzak's Birds and Birthdays

See all available used copies of this book at Abebooks UK or Abebooks US

Paperback Editions

August 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Birds and Birthdays
Author(s): Christopher Barzak
ISBN: 1-61976-014-2 / 978-1-61976-014-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Birds and Birthdays (Conversation Pieces Book 34)
Author(s): Christopher Barzak
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Search for