5 texts that use collage as an instrument
to probe the nature of fiction, narrative continuity, structure,
tone, language, even the concept of authorship. They do not
give us a make-belief "world", but as it were invite
the reader to come onto the scaffolding and participate in
the process of construction.
Walter Abish's peregrinations have led him
from Vienna to New York City, via China and Israel. He has received
many prizes, including the Pen Faulkner for How German Is
It and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Cecile Abish's installations and photo work have been widely exhibited.
Recent exhibitions include "Say When," Center for Creative
Photography in Tuscon, AZ and "Landmarks" at Bard College,
NY. "Abish is obsessed with language... Each text contains sentences
from other texts... There is a tension between the arbitrary text and
the conscious placement of the text in the overarching structure."
--Irving Matlin, Review of Contemporary Fiction
"Abish requires the reader to suspend the conventional idea of fiction as
continuous narrative, to suspend as well the ordinary notions of creativity,
and to confront the challenge of the text as endlessly manipulable object rather
than inviolable whole. Other authors, from Joyce to Beckett have asked something
of the sort, but Abish, with a panache already familiar to admirers of his earlier
work, pushes the boundaries of fiction still further, challenging settled notions
of language and structure and redefining the generic possibilities of his art."
--William Doreski, The Literary Review