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Padgett Powell - Author

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Padgett Powell is a novelist whose Edisto was nominated for the US National Book Award. He teaches writing at the University of Florida.

 

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Hologram A Novel

Hologram A Novel

Author: Padgett Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

A housewife revels in the secret world of her mind filled with historical characters and twisted love stories in this inventive sendup of Southern fiction. Mrs. Hollingsworth sits at her kitchen table, compiling her grocery list. The subject of the list is not foodstuffs, but memories that never happened, inventions of loves, and strange conspiracies peopled by men who appear in the lonely housewife's head-men infinitely more real to her than her own husband. Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest gallops into her story, courtesy of media giant Ted Turner and two shady criminal types named Bundy and Oswald who are engaged in a secret experiment to create the New Southerner. Her prying daughters believe Mrs. Hollingsworth is losing her mind. But in truth, their mother is simply looking for love via hand-to-hand combat on the surreal battlefield inside her head. Originally published as Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Padgett Powell's Hologram is a stunning literary achievement. Strikingly unique, it is a poignant, funny, and unconventional fever dream brought to lyrical life.

Hologram

Hologram

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2014

A housewife revels in the secret world of her mind filled with historical characters and twisted love stories in this inventive sendup of Southern fiction. Mrs. Hollingsworth sits at her kitchen table, compiling her grocery list. The subject of the list is not foodstuffs, but memories that never happened, inventions of loves, and strange conspiracies peopled by men who appear in the lonely housewife's headmen infinitely more real to her than her own husband. Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest gallops into her story, courtesy of media giant Ted Turner and two shady criminal types named Bundy and Oswald who are engaged in a secret experiment to create ';the New Southerner.' Her prying daughters believe Mrs. Hollingsworth is losing her mind. But in truth, their mother is simply looking for love via hand-to-hand combat on the surreal battlefield inside her head. Originally published as Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men, Padgett Powell's Hologram is a stunning literary achievement. Strikingly unique, it is a poignant, funny, and unconventional fever dream brought to lyrical life.

Aliens of Affection Stories

Aliens of Affection Stories

Author: Padgett Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2014

The idiosyncratic genius of Padgett Powell shines through in nine stories that bend the conventions of short fiction Padgett Powell's literary stage is a blurred vision of the American South. His characters are bored, sad, assured, confused, deluded, and often just one step away from madness. The stories they populate are madder still, delivered by a voice enthralling and distinctive. Whether he's chronicling a housewife's encouragement of adolescent lust, following two good ol' boys on their search for a Chinese healer, or delving into the mind of an unstable moped accident survivor as he awaits a hefty settlement check, Powell revels in the irregularities of the mundane. His people occupy bar stools and strip clubs, pickup truck cabs and mental health clinics, looking for love, drugs, answers. According to the New York Times Book Review, Mr. Powell is like a fabulous guest at a dinner party, the guy who gets people drinking far too much and licking their dessert plates and laughing at jokes-for which not a few of them will hate themselves in the morning.

Edisto Revisited A Novel

Edisto Revisited A Novel

Author: Padgett Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2014

In the sequel to Powell's acclaimed debut, Edisto, Simons Manigault is older-if not particularly wiser-and searching for the cure to his restlessness in memory, travel, and forbidden love Fourteen years after we first met Simons Manigault, our protagonist is newly graduated from Clemson University, bored, unfocused, and idling his summer away at his mother's home in Edisto, South Carolina. Not yet ready to fully embrace adulthood, Simons finds himself surrendering to cynicism, as well as to the temptations of his turned-out-well first cousin, Patricia. To avoid sinking further into his rut, Simons embarks on a road trip through the South. After a disastrous stint as a Corpus Christi fisherman, he exits the Lone Star State, doubling back to the Louisiana bayou to spend some quality time with his former friend and mentor-and his mother's ex-lover-Taurus. But as even Taurus's once sought-after wisdom wears thin, Simons begins to suspect that the grass is not greener on the other side-it may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes. Padgett Powell's literary return to Edisto is as outrageous, witty, and bitingly sharp as its predecessor. Readers who adored their first meeting with Simons Manigault will relish a second helping of his ennui and bad behavior. Newcomers will likewise be heartily glad they made the trip.

Typical Stories

Typical Stories

Author: Padgett Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2014

Twenty-three surreal fictions-stories, character assassinations, and mini-travelogues-from one of the most heralded writers of the American South There are many things that repulse Dr. Ordinary. Kansas is notable for its distinct lack of farmland. Wayne's Fate is most unfortunate, not merely for Wayne but for the roofer pal who stands by watching his good buddy lose his head. Miss Resignation simply cannot win at Bingo. And there is nothing Typical about the unemployed steelworker and self-described piece of crud who strides through this collection's title story. Welcome to the world of Padgett Powell, one of the most original American literary voices in recent memory. Typical is both a bravura demonstration of Powell's passion for words, and an offbeat, perceptive view of contemporary life-an enthralling work by a one-of-a-kind wordsmith, and a redefinition of what short fiction can be.

A Woman Named Drown A Novel

A Woman Named Drown A Novel

Author: Padgett Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2014

Hailed by Time as an extravagantly comic novel, A Woman Named Drown is a wild and strange journey through America's South that follows a young PhD dropout who falls in with an amateur actress-cum-pool shark On the brink of earning his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator decides to chuck it all away in favor of real life. So begins an odd pilgrimage through the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched by an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have recently starred in a theatrical production about a woman named Drown. He moves in with her and just as quickly begins encountering her strange compatriots. Before he knows it, they're heading farther south together-to Florida-where the data that the dropout scientist is collecting from life's laboratory is about to get quite contradictory. Richly influenced by offbeat literary giant Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell's A Woman Named Drown offers readers a smorgasbord of literary strangeness-a surreal series of adventures in which nothing much-and yet everything-happens at once.

Aliens of Affection

Aliens of Affection

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2014

The idiosyncratic genius of Padgett Powell shines through in nine stories that bend the conventions of short fiction Padgett Powell's literary stage is a blurred vision of the American South. His characters are bored, sad, assured, confused, deluded, and often just one step away from madness. The stories they populate are madder still, delivered by a voice enthralling and distinctive.Whether he's chronicling a housewife's encouragement of adolescent lust, following two good ol' boys on their search for a Chinese healer, or delving into the mind of an unstable moped accident survivor as he awaits a hefty settlement check, Powell revels in the irregularities of the mundane. His people occupy bar stools and strip clubs, pickup truck cabs and mental health clinics, looking for love, drugs, answers. According to the New York Times Book Review, ';Mr. Powell is like a fabulous guest at a dinner party, the guy who gets people drinking far too much and licking their dessert plates and laughing at jokesfor which not a few of them will hate themselves in the morning.'

Edisto Revisited

Edisto Revisited

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2014

In the sequel to Powell's acclaimed debut, Edisto, Simons Manigault is olderif not particularly wiserand searching for the cure to his restlessness in memory, travel, and forbidden loveFourteen years after we first met Simons Manigault, our protagonist is newly graduated from Clemson University, bored, unfocused, and idling his summer away at his mother's home in Edisto, South Carolina. Not yet ready to fully embrace adulthood, Simons finds himself surrendering to cynicism, as well as to the temptations of his ';turned-out-well' first cousin, Patricia.To avoid sinking further into his rut, Simons embarks on a road trip through the South. After a disastrous stint as a Corpus Christi fisherman, he exits the Lone Star State, doubling back to the Louisiana bayou to spend some quality time with his former friend and mentorand his mother's ex-loverTaurus. But as even Taurus's once sought-after wisdom wears thin, Simons begins to suspect that the grass is not greener on the other sideit may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes.Padgett Powell's literary return to Edisto is as outrageous, witty, and bitingly sharp as its predecessor. Readers who adored their first meeting with Simons Manigault will relish a second helping of his ennui and bad behavior. Newcomers will likewise be heartily glad they made the trip.

Typical

Typical

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2014

Twenty-three surreal fictionsstories, character assassinations, and mini-traveloguesfrom one of the most heralded writers of the American SouthThere are many things that repulse ';Dr. Ordinary.' ';Kansas' is notable for its distinct lack of farmland. ';Wayne's Fate' is most unfortunate, not merely for Wayne but for the roofer pal who stands by watching his good buddy lose his head. ';Miss Resignation' simply cannot win at Bingo. And there is nothing ';Typical' about the unemployed steelworker and self-described ';piece of crud' who strides through this collection's title story.Welcome to the world of Padgett Powell, one of the most original American literary voices in recent memory. Typical is both a bravura demonstration of Powell's passion for words, and an offbeat, perceptive view of contemporary lifean enthralling work by a one-of-a-kind wordsmith, and a redefinition of what short fiction can be.

Woman Named Drown

Woman Named Drown

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2014

Hailed by Time as an ';extravagantly comic' novel, A Woman Named Drown is a wild and strange journey through America's South that follows a young PhD dropout who falls in with an amateur actresscum-pool sharkOn the brink of earning his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator decides to chuck it all away in favor of real life. So begins an odd pilgrimage through the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched by an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have recently starred in a theatrical production about a ';woman named Drown.' He moves in with her and just as quickly begins encountering her strange compatriots. Before he knows it, they're heading farther south togetherto Floridawhere the data that the dropout scientist is collecting from life's laboratory is about to get quite contradictory.Richly influenced by offbeat literary giant Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell's A Woman Named Drown offers readers a smorgasbord of literary strangenessa surreal series of adventures in which nothing muchand yet everythinghappens at once.

Schrottplatz der gebrochenen Herzen

Schrottplatz der gebrochenen Herzen

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2013

Sie begehren auf gegen vorgestanzte Lebensmuster. Sie provozieren, irritieren, storen. Sie trinken und lugen. Sie setzen alles aufs Spiel. Padgett Powells Figuren eint der tagliche Kampf gegen den Absturz, gegen Wahnsinn und Delirium. Ein Mann, der auf einer Mauer patrouillierend den Schrottplatz gebrochener Herzen bewacht; ein zwolfjahriger Knirps, der der reifen, gelangweilten Mrs Hollingworth unziemliche Avancen macht; der Dachdecker Wayne, der Frau und Kinder verlasst und sich im weiten amerikanischen Suden zu verlieren droht. "e;Das Leben ist Flaute"e;, heit es in einer Story, doch nichts stimmt weniger fur Powells trotzige Helden. Das Leben ist Aufruhr, und niemand konnte besser davon erzahlen, rotzig, neurotisch, abgrundtief komisch, als Padgett Powell.

Typical

Typical

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

Twenty-three surreal fictionsstories, character assassinations, and mini-traveloguesfrom one of the most heralded writers of the American SouthThere are many things that repulse ';Dr. Ordinary.' ';Kansas' is notable for its distinct lack of farmland. ';Wayne's Fate' is most unfortunate, not merely for Wayne but for the roofer pal who stands by watching his good buddy lose his head. ';Miss Resignation' simply cannot win at Bingo. And there is nothing ';Typical' about the unemployed steelworker and self-described ';piece of crud' who strides through this collection's title story.Welcome to the world of Padgett Powell, one of the most original American literary voices in recent memory. Typical is both a bravura demonstration of Powell's passion for words, and an offbeat, perceptive view of contemporary lifean enthralling work by a one-of-a-kind wordsmith, and a redefinition of what short fiction can be.

Aliens of Affection

Aliens of Affection

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

The idiosyncratic genius of Padgett Powell shines through in nine stories that bend the conventions of short fiction Padgett Powell's literary stage is a blurred vision of the American South. His characters are bored, sad, assured, confused, deluded, and often just one step away from madness. The stories they populate are madder still, delivered by a voice enthralling and distinctive.Whether he's chronicling a housewife's encouragement of adolescent lust, following two good ol' boys on their search for a Chinese healer, or delving into the mind of an unstable moped accident survivor as he awaits a hefty settlement check, Powell revels in the irregularities of the mundane. His people occupy bar stools and strip clubs, pickup truck cabs and mental health clinics, looking for love, drugs, answers. According to the New York Times Book Review, ';Mr. Powell is like a fabulous guest at a dinner party, the guy who gets people drinking far too much and licking their dessert plates and laughing at jokesfor which not a few of them will hate themselves in the morning.'

Edisto Revisited

Edisto Revisited

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

In the sequel to Powell's acclaimed debut, Edisto, Simons Manigault is olderif not particularly wiserand searching for the cure to his restlessness in memory, travel, and forbidden loveFourteen years after we first met Simons Manigault, our protagonist is newly graduated from Clemson University, bored, unfocused, and idling his summer away at his mother's home in Edisto, South Carolina. Not yet ready to fully embrace adulthood, Simons finds himself surrendering to cynicism, as well as to the temptations of his ';turned-out-well' first cousin, Patricia.To avoid sinking further into his rut, Simons embarks on a road trip through the South. After a disastrous stint as a Corpus Christi fisherman, he exits the Lone Star State, doubling back to the Louisiana bayou to spend some quality time with his former friend and mentorand his mother's ex-loverTaurus. But as even Taurus's once sought-after wisdom wears thin, Simons begins to suspect that the grass is not greener on the other sideit may be burnt, brown, and dead wherever he goes.Padgett Powell's literary return to Edisto is as outrageous, witty, and bitingly sharp as its predecessor. Readers who adored their first meeting with Simons Manigault will relish a second helping of his ennui and bad behavior. Newcomers will likewise be heartily glad they made the trip.

Woman Named Drown

Woman Named Drown

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

Hailed by Time as an ';extravagantly comic' novel, A Woman Named Drown is a wild and strange journey through America's South that follows a young PhD dropout who falls in with an amateur actresscum-pool sharkOn the brink of earning his doctorate in chemistry, the unnamed narrator decides to chuck it all away in favor of real life. So begins an odd pilgrimage through the American South. In Tennessee, our hero is bewitched by an older, gin-swilling, pool-playing sometimes-actress who claims to have recently starred in a theatrical production about a ';woman named Drown.' He moves in with her and just as quickly begins encountering her strange compatriots. Before he knows it, they're heading farther south togetherto Floridawhere the data that the dropout scientist is collecting from life's laboratory is about to get quite contradictory.Richly influenced by offbeat literary giant Donald Barthelme, Padgett Powell's A Woman Named Drown offers readers a smorgasbord of literary strangenessa surreal series of adventures in which nothing muchand yet everythinghappens at once.

5 Stories and a Piece of You & Me

5 Stories and a Piece of You & Me

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2012

A collection of 5 pieces by Padgett Powell plus an excerpt of the forthcoming You Me to be published initially as an Ecco Solo short e-book.

Imperative Mood

Imperative Mood

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2012

Whatever floats your boat, go ahead and float it. Do not have large untenable quantities of despair. Do not go to parades. When you feed orphaned wild animals, do not expect them to make it. Be forewarned. Be careful that your genitals do not show outside the strict confines of your underwear. Learn at least three racquet games during your lifetime. In this brand new short, Padgett Powell takes the reader on a completely new kind of journey. Just as The Interrogative Mood was stubbornly memorable and persistently illuminating, The Imperative Mood is surprising, funny, sneakily cumulative, charming, and artful. As well as just a little bit bossy.The imperative is darker than the interrogative mood, we learn.

Roman in Fragen

Roman in Fragen

Author: Padgett Powell Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2012

"e;Sind Ihre Gefuhle rein? Wie stehen Sie zur Kartoffel? Sollte es immer noch Konstantinopelheien? Haben Kinder Ihrer Ansicht nach einen Geruch? Wenn Siejetzt welchen htten, wrden Sie Hundekuchen essen? Sind Sie glcklich? Ist Ihnenklar, warum ich Ihnen all diese Fragen stelle?"e;Auch ohne zu wissen, warum Padgett Powell all diese Fragen stellt, kann man sichder Faszination, die von dieser irritierend direkten Leseransprache ausgeht, nichtentziehen: Das Gehirn springt an und nimmt mit einer sich von Frage zu Fragesteigernden Lust die Herausforderung zum Denken an. Immer bereitwilliger folgtman den sympathischen Idiosynkrasien, den brillant gesetzten Haarnadelkurven,den auch sprachlichen Provokationen des Fragestellers, der hier seine schrge, leichtmelancholische Weltsicht durchblicken lsst, und ist erstaunt, ber was man alles,wird man nur gefragt, mit Gewinn nachdenken kann. Wahrheit und Erkenntnisoffenbaren sich eben nicht in den Antworten, sondern in den Fragen.

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