By Stephen Dixon
Stephen Dixon's tales and novels have an unique, instantly recognizable sound and consider –a bizarre mix of Franz Kafka and Frank Capra. Readers of his earlier paintings will locate in 14 Stories that very same wry, artistic, knife-edged humor that has come to represent his special sort. With an adroit use of language and a prepared eye for the quirky, offbeat part of human nature, Dixon creates an international as considered via a fish-eye lens–slightly distorted and off-center, but recognizable and sometimes familiar.
14 Stories is an element comedy, half tragedy, half social remark and half spoof. yet such a lot of all it's a hugely exciting sequence of all-too-plausible vignettes that indicates off Stephen Dixon's striking expertise at its top.
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When he had finished his coffee and paid, he went to his room and rang Kiev. “You’ve got your return ticket for today,” the Chief said calmly. “So back you come. Carry on with Kiev. ” Taking his seat on the night train, Viktor opened the Evening Kharkov he had bought at the station. As he turned the pages, he came to a Criminal Chronicle setting forth, in small print, all the most recent crimes, and under Murders, read: Capital News correspondent Nikolay Agnivtsev was shot dead at his flat yesterday afternoon by persons unknown.
Time I was up anyway,” said Viktor, recognizing the Chief’s voice. ” “You’re in print! ” “Call in, then. ” Viktor washed, breakfasted, drank tea, looked in on Misha and found him standing asleep in his favourite hidey-hole behind the dark-green settee. Returning to the kitchen he put a large piece of frozen cod in Misha’s bowl, dressed and went out. Outside lay a fresh fall of snow. A blue-grey sky was pressing down almost to the rooftops of the five-storey blocks. There was no wind and it was not very cold.
It only remained to get the Chief’s blessing. 30 next morning, having got the Chief’s blessing, drunk coffee, and been solemnly presented with his Press card, Viktor bought a bottle of Finlandia at a kiosk, and set off for the office of sometime author, now State Duma Deputy, Aleksandr Yakornitsky. Hearing that a correspondent of Capital News wished to see him, the State Deputy was delighted, and immediately told his secretary to cancel all his remaining appointments and admit no one else. Comfortably ensconced, Viktor put on the table the bottle of Finnish vodka and a dictaphone.
14 Stories by Stephen Dixon