- Förväntas 3 mar 2020
- 139,00 kr
The definitive collection of nonfiction—from war reporting to literary criticism to the sharpest political writing—from the “legend of American letters” (Vanity Fair)
Robert Stone was a singular American writer, a visionary whose award-winning novels—including Dog Soldiers, Outerbridge Reach, and Damascus Gate—earned him comparisons to literary lions ranging from Samuel Beckett to Ernest Hemingway to Graham Greene. Stone had an almost prophetic grasp of the spirit of his age, which he captured with crystalline clarity in each of his novels. Of course, he was also a sharp and brilliant observer of American life, and his nonfiction writing is revelatory.
The Eye You See With—the first and only collection of Robert Stone’s nonfiction—was carefully selected by award-winning novelist and Stone biographer Madison Smartt Bell. Divided into three sections, the collection includes the best of Stone’s war reporting, his writing on social change, and his reflections on the art of fiction. This is an extraordinary volume that offers up a clear-eyed look at the 20th century and secures Robert Stone’s place as one of the most original figures in all of American letters.
Novelist Bell (Behind the Moon) presents a sterling collection of essays on literature, culture, politics, and war by the late Stone (1937 2015), best known for his National Book Award winning novel Dog Soldiers. Spanning the 1970s to the aughts, the essays demonstrate Stone's remarkable capacity for capturing an era's ethos while making larger, and still current, points. His 1993 essay "Uncle Sam Doesn't Want You" blasts the hypocrisy of the armed forces in discharging gay service members but not preventing the sexual harassment and assault of female personnel. In "The Reason for Stories," Stone argues that art, and storytelling in particular, is inherently moral in its implications. The standout selection is "Keeping the Future at Bay," on the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans. It's a nuanced piece which addresses the issue of gentrification, steeped in Stone's personal reminiscence of selling encyclopedias door-to-door in the city in the '60s. Throughout, Bell provides useful biographical information, which in combination with the essays provides a vivid portrait of Stone's background and guiding philosophy. Fans of Stone's novels will especially appreciate the insight, but any reader of narrative nonfiction will find plenty of interest in this fine collection.