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Bedlam by John Domini

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Bedlam by John Domini

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These stories, set in both real and unreal locales, arouse more faraway yearnings. All sooner or later come round to the subject of love, but none finds it anywhere we might ordinarily have expected. Bedlam lurks everywhere, from the streets to the afterlife,and every point of view is nagged by glimpses of every other. Thank god for a resilient lyricism, a hint of better music playing not too far off. This electronic edition includes two published pieces that didn't appear in the original edition and a new introduction by the author.



"The stories in Bedlam—both the realistic ones and the fantastic ones—add up to an impressive first collection. Domini's voice is engaging, insistent, earnest, curious, unsentimental but compassionate." —John Barth

"John Domini's tales are fantastical forays into a literary land populated by such comic-philosophic devils and angels as those found in Stanley Elkin, Donald Barthelme, and Max Apple. They warble with incantations, lamentations, orations; they sparkle with craftsmanship." —Richard Price

"John Domini's short stories are characterized by energy, originality, and daring. The energy is, to quote a line from his own work, 'a musical triumph that [is] almost violent.' Indeed, violence lurks just outside the door or in the next room; but it is never allowed to disrupt the subtlety of the fiction." —Stephen Minot

"remarkably resourceful stories, studded with small gems... protean... the realism is stretched taut between legitimatized social violence and deep and genuine pity.  ...the fantasy is artfully sketched, its resolution a deeper humanity." --The Boston Phoenix

"Impressive... Domini's characters must take flight, return, or escape, [but] learn to deal with the complicated mysteries of the "inner self." ...Domini's vision is a hopeful one... with more than just a little music." --North American Review



John Domini, noted poet, essayist, and author, has had his work appear in the New York TimesGQParis Review, and Ploughshares. A former National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram-Merrill Foundation fellow, he has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and makes his home in Des Moines, Iowa.