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Katherine Vaz is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Saudade , and her second novel, Mariana , has been published in six different languages. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including TriQuarterly, Nimrod, Gettysburg Review, and the American Voice. She is associate professor of English at the University of California, Davis.

Inspired by the lyric fantastic, a first fiction collection from novelist Vaz Saudade, , this year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

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Vaz's tales rely often on the yeast of her songlike love for language, which can transform her prose, influenced by magic realism, into poetry. It begins with a grain or parasitic worm that itches in the soft lining until the entire animal buckles around it. A priest who had sent in his collars to be starched preached the best sermon of his life.

In other tales dealing with more worldly matters, the writer's whimsy sometimes fails to persuade: an ease in Vaz's luscious lyricism can, in an earthly context, appear too pretty; with her head turned by metaphor, the author comes across as unable to take reality seriously. At such times, she lacks conviction in the primal logic of an unreasonable fate that guides the major magic realists.

Fado And Other Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

She's also more sentimental than they, and her language can seem contrived, lacking a fundamental emotional connection with the lives she describes. Still, when the theme of a story is in balance with its style, the result is elating.


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Book Description University of Chicago press. Brand New. Vaz fearlessly writes about the vacuums in her characters' lives. She balances this with fantastical situations that question reality and are disturbingly funny.

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It is like a heart-rending blues album by a splendid artist: The listener may not applaud every cut, but that doesn't spoil the glory of the voice. Encounters with magic-sights, sensations, and sounds that cannot be explained give the book an unusual spark. Throughout, things of spirit collide with material reality and tantalize those in their orbit, with satisfying results. Lees de eerste pagina's. Reviews Schrijf een review.

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