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I Review William T. Vollmann’s “Last Stories and Other Stories”

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With this big collection of ghost stories, Vollmann haunts the literary territory Henry James explored in The Turn of the Screw,  Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol and, more recently, the prolific Joyce Carol Oates in “More Tales Than I Care to Count.” Don’t let my mention of James, Dickens or Oates fool you – Vollmann is Franz Kafka. He’s William Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon skinny-dipping in a post-postmodern Vollmannesque ectoplasm.

You can read my review of William T. Vollmann’s Last Stories and Other Stories in the edition of the San Francisco Chronicle by clicking on the image below.

You can buy Vollmann’s Last Stories and Other Stories at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

August 1st, 2014 at 10:35 am