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Man V. Nature

Man V. Nature (Paperback)

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Perfectly pitched and gorgeously penned, this astonishingly bold collection of stories explores the boundary between the wild and the civilized. Pitting human beings against the extremes of nature, Diane Cook surgically peels back the layers of civilization to lay bare our vulnerabilities and the ease with which our darker, primal urges emerge. These exhilarating and terrifying talies are set in worlds that are distorted versions of our own, where an alpha male is pursued through city streets by murderous rivals, a marooned woman defends her house against the rising flood and hordes of desperate refugees, and a pack of not-needed boys take refuge in a murky forest and compete against one another for food. Wry, transgressive and utterly unique, Cook's wildly inventive debut collection illuminates, with surreal humour and heart-break, humankind's struggle not only to thrive, but survive.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 06/08/2015 ISBN-13: 9781780748153  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Diane Cook's fiction has been published in Harper's Magazine, Granta and Tin House. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine. She earned an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow. She lives in Oakland, California.

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