A Modern Way to Die

Peter Wortsman (Author)

Product Details

Publish Date
April 20, 2020
5.51 X 8.5 X 0.51 inches | 0.64 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Wortsman is the author of A MODERN WAY TO DIE (Pelekinesis, 2019), STIMME UND ATEM/OUT OF BREATH, OUT OF MIND (PalmArtPress, 2019), FOOTPRINTS IN WET CEMENT (Pelekinesis, 2017), COLD EARTH WANDERDERS (Pelekinesis, 2014), Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray (2013), and a 1991 edition of A MODERN WAY TO DIE. His travel writing has run in such major newspapers as The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and was included annually in The Best Travel Writing from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2016. Recipient of the 1985 Beard's Fund Short Story Award, the 2008 Geertje Potash-Suhr SCALG- Prosapreis, awarded by the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, the 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in the Solas Awards Competition, and a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award. He was a fellow of the Fulbright Foundation (1973), the Thomas J. Watson Foundation (1974), and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2010).


"Wortsman hang[s] with the masters. . . . Dozens of dangling avalanches for people with dreamer's block."
--A. Scott Cardwell in The Boston Phoenix

"A fantastic book . . . . Marvelous writing, wonderful craft, and the breath of imagination. . . . [Wortsman] succeeded so well in his craft and art that it reads 'artless' and 'spontaneous, ' which to me is the highest of compliments."
--Hubert Selby, Jr., author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

"Wortsman achieves a level of spontaneity and accessibility--even within his most formal creations--to which most writers can only aspire."
--David L. Ulin in The Los Angeles Reader

"The best short-shorts successfully wedge a large impact into a small space, as do Peter Wortsman's stories."
--The Bloomsbury Review

"Wortsman displays a savage descriptive edge, precise and crucial, that is as natural as it is canonically reminiscent of the pan-European urbanism of such writers as Robert Walser and Robert Musil."
--Anthony Abbott in American Bookseller

"Peter Wortsman, in the light of day, seems able to connect the power of the dream narrative to conscious language to create unique works that walk a curious line between fiction and poetry."
--Russell Edson