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Gilbert Sorrentino

USA flag (1929 - 2006)
Father of Christopher Sorrentino

Gilbert Sorrentino was an American novelist, short story writer, poet, literary critic, and editor.In over twenty-five works of fiction and poetry, Sorrentino explored the comic and formal possibilities of language and literature. His insistence on the primacy of language and his forays into metafiction mark him as a postmodernist, but he is also known for his ear for American speech and his attention to the particularities of place, especially of his native Brooklyn.
Non fiction
   Something Said (1984)
   Review of Contemporary Fiction, No. 3 (2001) (with Margery Latimer)
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1981) : Aberration of Starlight
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : Little Casino

Gilbert Sorrentino recommends
Cigarettes (1987)
Harry Mathews
"CIGARETTES has the delicate yet rigorous architecture of latticework: if we concentrate on the light streaming through its apertures we are still attentive to its carpentry; if we focus on its geometry the light is, of needs, a constant presence. It is a triumph of the imagination"