Do the Blind Dream?

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-06
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press

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"I love Do the Blind Dream?-a wonderful and delightful piece that tastes of Bunuel and Cocteau."-Pedro Almodovar The two new novellas and 11 stories in Do the Blind Dream? are Barry Gifford's most mature works of fiction to date. Almost a quarter of a century ago, Armistead Maupin wrote that "Barry Gifford is all the proof the world will ever need that a writer who listens with his heart is capable of telling anyone's story." Yet only now does Gifford's sense of the American psyche converge with our own. In contrast to his often nightmarish, satirical, groundbreaking novels of the 1990s, Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango, and Night People, Do the Blind Dream? dazzles by how it depicts the tender inner lives of the characters and the raging contradictions of their outer realities. In the title novella, members of an Italian family gather for their mother's funeral and confront how the sins of their father have cursed in some way each of their own troubled lives. In the story "Ball Lightning," a chance encounter at a gas station reunites a sister and brother, leading only to inexplicable tragedy. One of America's very finest and most accomplished writers of fiction, Barry Gifford is the author of the novels Wild at Heart, Perdita Durango and Night People. His most recent books include The Phantom Father, a New York Times notable Book of the Year; Wyoming, a Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year; American Falls, his collected short stories; and The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room: A Barry Gifford Reader. He also cowrote the film Lost Highway (1997) with David Lynch, and co-wrote with director Matt Dillon the film City of Ghosts (2003). His essays and stories have appeared in Punch, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and El Pais, among other publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Do the Blind Dream?p. 1
Ball Lightningp. 41
The Cinep. 67
The Lost Tribep. 71
Johnny Acrossp. 75
Forever Afterp. 81
Rosa Blancap. 85
African Adventure Storyp. 91
Havana Moonp. 95
Holiday from Womenp. 197
Life Is Like This Sometimesp. 203
A Day's Worth of Beautyp. 207
The Peterson Firep. 211
Books by Barry Giffordp. 214
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