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Novelist (Positions with White Roses, Encores for a Dilettante) and
translator Molinaro writes many of these mildly experimental
stories in a crimped style that suits her usual subject: an
alienated self-absorption that often leads to disaster. Originally
published in journals such as New American Review, New Directions,
and Denver Quarterly, these stories at their best dramatize the way
extreme states of mind can be hidden from ordinary perception and
from one's own consciousness. In "The Cyclotaur," an aging female
film-cutter lives with a psychotic younger lover and shares his
demonic vision of the cyclotaur. "AC-DC" is a fascinating, jittery
account of a female translator (yet another sleepwalker driven by
subconscious forces) who impulsively directs a murderer to hide
from the police in her apartment. "Remote Control" dramatizes the
moralistic voyeurism of a woman with a bad marriage - who watches
"her private morning soap" through the open window of a neighbor
woman engaged in sexual foreplay with the adolescent boys whom she
tutors. In "Xmas Tryst," a vapid career woman on an Hawaiian
holiday tries to be friendly in a bar with a Samoan, and he kicks
her to death. Of the rest, some are competent but unremarkable,
some promising but ultimately too clever ("Shadowplay on Snow";
"Dr. Arnold Biedermeier's Suicide Parlors"), and a couple get
carried away with too many fidgety narrative gimmicks ("Sweet Cheat
of Freedom"). Overall, then, sardonic black humor and a large dose
of misanthropy combine successfully in the best here - to create an
unbalanced, violent world where the distance between people is
always too wide for them to cross. (Kirkus Reviews)
McPherson & Co Publishers,U.S.
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