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Haunted Tales of Grotesque Joyce Carol Oates

Haunted Tales of Grotesque

Joyce Carol Oates

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ISBN : 9780453009553
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The central haunting of this collection of 16 tales is not anything so concrete as a building haunted by a ghost, but rather the interior haunting of a human being by their ever-shifting sense of self. As Joyce Carol Oates puts it (in a fascinatingMoreThe central haunting of this collection of 16 tales is not anything so concrete as a building haunted by a ghost, but rather the interior haunting of a human being by their ever-shifting sense of self. As Joyce Carol Oates puts it (in a fascinating afterword on the nature and history of the grotesque), The subjectivity that is the essence of the human is also the mystery that divides us irrevocably from others . . . all others are, in the deepest sense, strangers. These stories, while all dark, cover a range of styles and subjects. Some are vividly violent- several are subtle and/or ironic. The New York Times praised this collection for pull[ing] off what this author does best: exploring the tricky juncture between tattered social fabric and shaky psyche, while serving up some choice macabre moments.