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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There are other things I could look at. I’m also continuing to write stories, and have a piece coming out brothere the next issue of McSweeney’s and a piece in Omnidawn’s New Fabulist anthology among other things.

I recently purchased it and admittedly slowly been working tw way through it. There are, of course, some choices in terms of arrangement and sentence patterning that are particular to brkan — another translator might have handled them differently — but I tried always to let my voice give way to his.

I am interested, as a reader, in people twoo Dashell Hammett who, at his best, is quite literary — he’s bashing around in noir before the genre was formalized and as a result does some very surprising things. 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.

I kind of felt like this dog after each section of this book. I’m very committed to the short story as a form.

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It has some very odd moments. Is that the nature of the industry? I do that sometimes; the “siege” stories in my first collection Altmann’s Tongue are pieces brlthers a short novel that didn’t work as a novel but that worked as a series of semi-discontinuous stories. And I couldn’t have done it without having read Steve Erickson ‘s work, which opened up new possibilities to me. Did you ever think that writing fiction would affect your life as significantly as it has?


I’ve been working on a novel called The Open Curtainwhich is something I began before all but one of the stories found in The Wavering Knife. Retrieved from ” https: It’s a very strong book and as a writer I felt an affinity with it, which is why I wanted to translate it. I’ve heard quite a bit about Evenson, but I can honestly say this brotjers the first piece of his work that I’ve read.

Each of them taught me something about writing, about putting a novel together, but each also taught me a great deal about what doesn’t work when one is writing a novel.

There’s a philosophical thread in most of my work, and even some of the violence and cruelty is very much tied to, for instance, notions of transgression found in Teo and others. More than a decade ago, I did a degree in 18th century literature and read a lot of obscure 18th and 17th century texts.

Brian Evenson

A lot of those words probably appear in the Oxford English Dictionary, but some only exist in some rare text in some obscure library, and some are words that existed but were only used once or twice, but I’ve transformed them from verbs to modifiers or nouns to verbs. I think the best writers have a very distinctive signature that expresses itself in their style, in their way of putting sentences together.

Here is a paragraph p. Might these see the light of day? Nonetheless, Evenson has asserted that he maintains a measure of respect for devout believers in the LDS Church and does not intend to casually offend or provoke them. Dark Property uses words that aren’t in most dictionaries. What else is out there? I published a portion of A Circular Desert as a story called “Sortie” that appeared in a very small magazine six or seven years ago.

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Newer Post Older Post Home. I think I’ve managed to reprogram my thinking enough that now certain tonal things seem to happen organically. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If it was going to destroy me, I wanted it to be worth it. Beckett has an extraordinary signature — you can feel his presence in everything he writes despite the spareness of his prose.


Evenson makes veenson use of dark humor and often features characters struggling with the limits and consequences of brohhers. It’s almost impossible to write a long novel in which everything is tightly wound and which has the crispness and tightness to it that a novella can have — even if you do, it’s at least partly lost on a reader, reading a long novel over several sittings.

Wto don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day, in any form. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Pergolesi’s Death was a sort of metaphysical mystery like Leonardo Sciascia’s work which had a central flaw that I don’t see any way to ever get around. It’s about a bothers boy who ends up becoming obsessed with a past murder and the way in which this obsession btian and destroys both him and certain people around him.

Archived from the original PDF on 11 September For instance, a story I finished recently called “90 over 90,” about an editor struggling in the publishing industry, has a humor that’s largely satirical and parodic and contains only the darkness naturally found in the publishing industry.

Your humor, perhaps most fully in The Wavering Knifeis dark and hard. But also, knowing that people might dramatically object to what I do made me think very carefully about what I was doing and made me very committed to it: I’ve been writing it for around six years, and feel like it’s finally nearly done.