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Author Name:    BARTH, John

Title:   Lost in the Funhouse. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Doubleday, 1968, 

Seller ID:   8125

BARTH, John. Lost in the Funhouse : Fiction for print, tape, live voice. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968. First Edition. Pp (8),[ix]-x,(4),[3]-201,(3). 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "In an interview with a student at McGill earlier this year, John Barth remarked, "I've been trying to compose pieces which will be quite short, which will haveto be published finally in a volume because they'll take some of their res onance from each otheróbut of which most won''t really be designed for the printed page at all. These are experimental pieces, and the word 'experimental' is a pejorative term now. We tend to think of experiments as being cold exercises in technique. My feeling about technique in art is that it has about the same value as technique in love-making. That is to say. heartfeltineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill; but what you want i s passionate virtuosity." Here, then, is Lost in the Funhouse, a dazzling display of virtuosity that is not only passionate but eloquent and moving aswell. It explores, to quote from the same interview, "ways in which the ph enomenon of the disembodied authorial voice can be used metaphorically," "the idea that we ail tend to turn into the sound of our voices as we go along. It is neither a collection nor a selection of stories, but a sequence "meant to be received 'all at once,' preferably in the order here arranged." Although several of the contents have appeared separately in magazines, they gain a new meaning in the context of the book, and the whole is considerably more than the sum of its parts. And although some were indeed specifically designed to be relayed on tape or read "live," others would lose part of their point in any but the "printed voice." Together they illustrate, in a deeper sense than McLuhan's, that, in fiction, "the medium is the message." (from the dj). Owner's name, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket.40.00


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