New York. 1984. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 97 pages. February 1984. hardcover. Jacket design by Marc Cohen/Visible Ink. 0394533917. keywords: 40293. inventory # 356. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Already known to the readers of The Paris Review and other literary journals as a writer of untypical methods and unsparing subtlety, William Ferguson now reveals himself to a wider audience as one of our most richly various adventurers in the short-story form. Although these twelve stories resist grouping by conventional definition, each, in its shrewdly different fashion, is a lesson in the ways of danger. With compressions that reflect the true nature of things in their swiftness and density. Ferguson suggests the fearful instability of events. In FREEDOM AND OTHER FICTIONS, everything is contingent, provisional, susceptible. There is nothing that cannot be encroached upon—even the neutral specifications of time and space can abruptly turn vicious, releasing upon us phantoms from the ghostly zones of memory and expectation: an ancestor frantically calling out an indecipherable warning, a weird militia conducting maneuvers for some unimaginable revolution. Each story is bright with peril. Witness the musings of a student seductress who has succeeded in destroying her teacher: ‘I suddenly got this fix on you as an adult. I mean really old, ' or, in another story, the smug confidences of a teacher who is victimizer, not victim, and who now sleeps with the spectacularly desirable widow of the prize student whose excellence he'd always resented: ‘For my part, I have never been quite so happy. I forget everything on her moving belly, her small dark body sweetly happening under mine. ' These are two of the many voices that speak to us in this startling collection—fictions that introduce a writer of savage dexterity and concentration, and of disturbing pertinence..
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