Verse Chorus Press
Publication date: November 2011
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
You save: $3.00 (23%)
A new edition of a classic of contemporary American literature, first published in 1997 by Sun & Moon Press but unavailable in recent years. “Dra-, the nondescript heroine of this grim, hilarious fiction, might have fallen through the same hole as Lewis Carroll's Alice, only now, 130 years later, there's no time for frivolity, just the pressing need to get a job. In a sealed, modern Wonderland of "small stifled work centers, basements and sub-basements, night niches, and training hutches connected by hallways just inches across," Dra- seeks employment . . . This labyrinthine journey is brilliantly mimicked in the architecture of the prose. Levine creates cozy little warrens, small safe spaces made of short clear sentences, then sends the reader spiraling down long broken passages, fragmented by colons and semi-colons which give a halting, lurching gait to our progress. A quest, a comedy of manners, and a parable, Dra- is, above all else, a philosophical novel concerned with the most basic questions of living.”–Matthew Stadler, reviewing the original edition in The Stranger, 1997.