Humor

£10.99

There was disaster coming; that was blindingly obvious. Life had been almost ridiculously easy, and now things were going to get worse. Much, much worse. I couldn’t believe that I had ever thought otherwise. I couldn’t believe that I’d ever thought that there could be any other outcome. Stanley Donwood’s fictional universe is one in which anything can happen, and frequently does. Disappearances (people, things) are everyday. Relationships are unstable. Nature has turned unnatural. It’s the kind of world (the kind of book) in which you might walk into a room only to find that room has no floor. Apocalyptic, funny, unsettling, and hallucinogenic in their intensity, Stanley Donwood’s stories present a series of haunting episodes in a world drained of meaning, sense, and consequence.

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‘Properly, seriously good. Humoric structure . . . oneiric texture, with pitch-black basalt fins jutting through.’ Robert Macfarlane

‘Apocalyptic, darkly funny and spooky.’ Dazed

Welcome to Stanley Donwood’s fictional universe: a landscape of dark streets and high-rise concrete, creeping shadows and shifting perspectives; its citizens forever caught between boredom and paranoia, alive to the threat of menacing machines and Aliens from Outer Space. Here disappearances (people, things) are everyday. Relationships are unstable. Nature has turned unnatural. Unsettling dreams segue into waking nightmares.

In Humor, Stanley Donwood reveals himself as a contemporary master of the micro-narrative, riffing on the four humors of the human body – sanguine, phlegm, choler and melancholy – to rummage beneath the veneer of sanity that passes for civilised society. Apocalyptic, funny and hallucinogenic in their intensity, these stories present a series of brief, haunting episodes in a world drained of meaning, sense and consequence.

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Weight 0.23 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 13 × 1.5 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

192

Language

English

Edition

Short stories

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K