The Invention of Violence

A Collection of Short Fiction



By: Douglas Gunn
Douglas Gunn is at home experimenting with the language and rhythms of prose. His fiction works the way a mind works, the way it talks to itself, the way it sees the world, and, especially, the way it hears. The result is an intricate style that allows insignificant events to explode with meaning.
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Douglas Gunn is at home experimenting with the language and rhythms of prose. His fiction works the way a mind works, the way it talks to itself, the way it sees the world, and, especially, the way it hears. The result is an intricate style that allows insignificant events to explode with meaning.

Douglas Gunn's narratives may disturb and perplex your expectations of what language should be doing. They are meant to: Gunn has something else in mind for language. But stick with it. You'll soon find yourself listening to variations of structure that approximate the way a mind works, the way it talks to itself, the way it sees the world, and, especially, the way it hears.

The characters most compatible with Gunn's concerns are the ordinary citizens of unofficial America. These men and women must endure the disparity between the instability in their lives and the rigid "common-sense" structures of official ideology and conventional language.

2 reviews for The Invention of Violence

  1. Robert Creeley
    Gunn’s art is close to the film maker’s, or the composer’s, in that the structure of his narrative is always its most significant element. How things follow, how they are located in that passage, constitutes the complex music, or vision, of his exemplary tales.

  2. Toby Olson
    I know of no other recent writer whose language has captured the world with such authenticity. Reading Douglas Gunn’s fiction, I think of John Berger on Van Gogh: “Wherever he looked he saw the labour of existence; and this labour, recognized as such, for him constituted reality.”

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