Brian Evenson (born August 12, ) is an American academic and writer of both literary As a young man, Brian Evenson served a two-year mission for The Church of In , he received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers”. #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson. Daddy Norton has fallen and broken his leg. He refuses to let his sons leave the house for help. He believes. Brian Evenson’s work can be unpredictable, confronting the reader with what can Evenson has received an O. Henry award for his story “Two Brothers” and an.

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Your collections appear, especially in tone and theme, to have unique cohesive elements. And I couldn’t have evesnon it without having read Steve Erickson ‘s work, which opened up new possibilities to me.

Pergolesi’s Death and A Circular Desert and something called The Mario Lanza Experience are all novels that I have complete drafts of but which I’ve never been completely satisfied with. Your humor, perhaps most fully in The Wavering Knifeis dark and hard. I think with that book, I was trying to throw the reader into a world in which morality seemed absent so that any moral ground would have to come from the reader himself or herself.

But I suspect that’s a one story sideline for me. Might these see the light of day? I don’t think I could have written it without thinking of it that way, but it also meant that it took me four years to write the third section, which brings the other two sections together, in a way that worked.

The Long and the Short of IT!: #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson

It’s a very strong book and as a writer I felt an affinity with it, which is why I brohters to translate it. It’s an extreme book, but Evendon very happy with it. You’ve studied madness as a literary technique that’s tied to art. I do think there’s often a tension and an exchange between humor and darkness, but in my past work the violence has generally been dominant.


I think that all my work has an element of humor to it, which is admittedly usually very much black humor.

I do think, as I suggested above, that there’s a subterranean philosophical investigation going on if you consider all my stories tw, and this accounts for both the stylistic similarities and what you call the unique cohesive elements.

For me, it was a way of trying to resurrect these dead, really intriguing words, and the story of the novella, which involves a resurrection cult and a very permeable line between life and death, sprang from that.

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I started making lists of words that had fallen out of the language, and then began wondering about why the words had died. Retrieved from ” https: Brian Evenson’s Two Brothers. Thematically, I do seem to be drawn to certain kinds of stories, certain kinds of suffering.

It has some very odd moments. I think I’ve managed to reprogram my thinking enough that now certain tonal things seem to happen organically.

Nabokov, whose prose is much more brothrs fussy, has a similar extraordinary signature. Among other accolades, Evenson has received an O.

It’s about a disturbed boy who ends up becoming obsessed with a past murder twoo the way in which this obsession transforms and destroys both him and certain people around him. Is that the nature of the industry? I’ve been writing it for around six years, and feel like it’s finally nearly done. In your teo, has the role of humor changed over time? His fiction is often described as literary minimalismbut also draws inspiration from horrordetective fictionscience fiction and continental philosophy.

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I recently purchased it and admittedly slowly been working my way through it. There are other things I could look at. Here is a paragraph p. Theron pushed the barrel flush against the dog’s forehead. For me, I felt like I had some idea, once the story got rolling where it was going, but I didn’t seem to care and I certainly wasn’t any less shocked when it went from scene to scene. Years ago, you said, “I’d like to think that the writing I’m doing has a signature of its own.

Bookslut | An Interview with Brian Evenson

Evenosn in a large house. I don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day, in any form. Evenson’s work has been compared to that of J.

I’m very committed to the short story as a form. However, Evenson has stated that he intends any philosophical elements to be fully integrated into his fiction rather than promoting any particular viewpoint, and has argued that reading philosophical works directly is more rewarding than reading philosophy that is veiled as fiction. Brian Evenson was born August 12, in Ames, Iowa. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They’re all in boxes. Most of it has been published in literary venues, but there does seem to be a lot of interest in it from other places as well — a few stories have been gathered in genre anthologies of various kinds, and one of my favorite novellas, The Brotherhood of Mutilationwas published by a small press that mainly does horror.

I’d like to think my own stories are most interested in creating a narrative, creating too a certain mood or feeling, that whatever philosophy is there is integrated and sublimated.