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Title: Cartesian Sonata and Other Novellas.
Description: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998, First edition.. 274 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "..four interrelated novellas that explore Mind, Matter, and God. In the first novella, Gass redefines Descartes' philosophy. God is a writer in a constant state of fumble. Mind is represented by a housewife who is a modern-day Cassandra. And Matter is, what (and who) else but the helpless and confused husband of Mind. In the novella that follows, the concept of salvation is explored through material possessions - a collection of kitsch - as a traveling salesman is slowly lost in the sheer surfeit of matter in a small Illinois town. In another, Gas explores the mind's ability to escape. A young woman growing up in rural Iowa finds herself losing touch with the physical world as she loses herself in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. And in 'The Master of Secret Revenges', God appears in the form of Descartes' evil demon, Lucifer, as Gass chronicles the life of a young man named Luther and his development from his devilish youth to his demonic adulthood. A profound exploration of good and evil, philosophy and action, filled with the wit and style that have defined the work of William Gass." Tiny faint mark on bottom of textblock. Dust jacket has very minor rubbing. NF/NF.

Keywords: Mind, Matter, God, Novellas, Descartes, Philosophy, Salvation, Religion, Kitsch, Traveling Salesmen, Illinois, Women, Iowa, Poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucifer, Luther, Good, Evil.

Price: US$ 17.50 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 15589

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