Tell Borges If You See Him: Tales of Contemporary Somnambulism

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University of Georgia Press
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4.9 X 7.6 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Peter LaSalle is the author of several books, including both novels and story collections--most recently What I Found Out About Her and Sleeping Mask: Fictions. His fiction and essays have been selected for a number of award anthologies, such as Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Travel Writing, Best of the West, Best American Fantasy, Sports' Best Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. A new collection of essays on literary travel, The World Is a Book Indeed: Writing, Reading, and Traveling, will appear in 2020. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

Peter LaSalle may not be a literary household name, but if you read his latest collection of short stories, Tell Borges If You See Him, you might just wonder why not . . . LaSalle is a major talent . . . his stories are thought provoking and extremely satisfying.

--Providence Sunday Journal

Incandescent short stories.

--Yankee Magazine on Hockey Sur Glace (A New York Times Book Review "New & Noteworthy Paperback")

LaSalle's stories are full of detail, and he knows how to create a sense of place, be it Buenos Aires, Austin, Texas, Paris, or Boston. He also possesses a gift for description.

--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peter LaSalle writes about time that collides or implodes. Such collisions are never simply artful; rather, operating from inside his characters while still maintaining a sharp-eyed distance (even with first-person narratives), he dramatizes their complex dislocations--temporal, spatial, and emotional. LaSalle's characters move about in a state that straddles waking and sleeping, but the emotions they experience are real and run deep. . . . This writer owes a huge debt to Borges, certainly, but there's nothing tired or derivative about the imaginative world he has crafted. Regardless of his stories' settings-from Boston to Paris-there's an all-American brashness and brio.

--Georgia Review

LaSalle's command of the language is admirable, but even more admirable is his moral vision.

--Dallas Times-Herald on Strange Sunlight

These are richly textured stories which invent their own forms.

--Missouri Review on The Graves of Famous Writers

Peter LaSalle has worked his way deep into the storytelling place. Serious, anomalous, his narratives are set into motion by the obsessions and perturbations of living. There is no model, no recipe--each world is uniquely known and irresistibly defined. Tell Borges If You See Him is a keeper collection.

--Sven Birkerts "author of Reading Life: Books for the Ages"