Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme was an American author known for his postmodern, surrealistic style. He wrote numerous short stories, novels, and essays, and is often associated with the metafiction trend of the 1960s and 1970s. His work is characterized by its experimental narrative techniques, playful language, and satirical content. Barthelme's notable works include 'Snow White', 'The Dead Father', and the short story collection 'Sixty Stories'. He was a major contributor to the New Yorker magazine and is considered an influential figure in American literature.


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  1. 1. The Dead Father

    The book is a surreal, postmodern narrative following a group of characters as they drag the physical manifestation of their dead father across a variety of landscapes. The characters grapple with their relationships to the father figure, exploring themes of authority, control, and the nature of storytelling itself. The novel is known for its experimental style, blending a range of literary techniques and genres to create a unique, fragmented narrative.

  2. 2. Sixty Stories

    "Sixty Stories" is a collection of short narratives that use unconventional, experimental structures to explore a range of themes. The book is known for its absurdist and postmodern style, and the stories often feature elements of parody, surrealism, and satire. The tales cover a wide array of topics, including art, literature, philosophy, and the human condition, all presented with a unique blend of humor, wit, and intellectual depth.