Pricksongs & Descants

by Robert Coover, Kate Atkinson

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Pricksongs & Descants Synopsis

In his carnivalesque and riotously inventive Pricksongs & Descants Robert Coover remakes old stories: of Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty (who married her Beast and spends a lifetime suffering his doggy stink). And he reshapes his own: a man makes repeating, re-imagined journeys in an office elevator (while his fellow riders taunt and tempt him), and in the seminal, fractal 'The Babysitter' every moment in a single night is played and replayed, every hope and threat of sex and violence done and undone. Coover's dark, wilfil, comic imagination revels brilliantly in contradictions, a master of chaos.

Pricksongs & Descants Press Reviews

A marvellous magician ... a maker of miracles, a comic, a sexual tease * The New York Times Book Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141192956
Publication date: 28th April 2011
Author: Robert Coover, Kate Atkinson
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Robert Coover, Kate Atkinson

Robert Coover is the author of twenty-some books of fiction and plays, his most recent being Noir and A Child Again. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, including the William Faulkner Award, the Rea Lifetime Achievement Award for the Short Story, and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and elsewhere. At Brown University, he teaches Cave Writing (a writing workshop in immersive virtual reality), and other experimental electronic writing and mixed media workshops, and directs the International Writers Project, a ...

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