Brian Evenson (born August 12, ) is an American academic and writer of both literary As a young man, Brian Evenson served a two-year mission for The Church of In , he received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers”. #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson. Daddy Norton has fallen and broken his leg. He refuses to let his sons leave the house for help. He believes. Brian Evenson’s work can be unpredictable, confronting the reader with what can Evenson has received an O. Henry award for his story “Two Brothers” and an.

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Pergolesi’s Death was a sort of metaphysical mystery like Leonardo Sciascia’s work which had a central flaw that I don’t brotyers any way to ever get around.

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And then I started thinking, too, about how those words might mutate or adapt to other usages. The novella, at its best, has many of the strengths of short stories and novels. Evenson’s work has been compared to that of J. Did you ever think that writing fiction would affect your life as significantly as it has?

Since the stories in The Wavering Knife what have you been working on? I tend to throw away around half of what I write, and start a lot of stuff that doesn’t work out.

Retrieved 25 April Nonetheless, Evenson has asserted that he maintains a measure of respect for devout believers in the LDS Church and does not intend to casually offend or provoke them.

Most of it has been published in literary venues, but there does seem to be a lot of interest in it from other places as well — a few stories have been gathered in genre anthologies of various kinds, and one of my favorite novellas, The Brotherhood of Mutilationwas published by a small press briwn mainly does horror.

Where’d the vocabulary come from? This for me all partly stems from an interest in Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and their favoring of the schizophrenic over the neurotic. But also, knowing that people might dramatically object to what I do made me think very carefully about what I was doing and made me very committed to it: Dark Property has a lot of odd words but tries to put them into a very clean context, a context where one can quickly guess their meaning.


Some of these occur very consciously, others happen organically and then are perfected. I don’t think it’ll ever see the light of day, in any form.

Views Read Edit View history. Is this what’s called “imposter fiction? Brian Evenson’s Two Brothers. Brian Evenson born August 12, is an American academic and writer of both literary fiction and popular fictionsome of the latter being published under B.

You’ve studied madness as a literary technique that’s tied to art. Archived from the original on Evenson layers these things in such a way to not make them lame or too critical, but rather perfectly shocking and impactful. For me, I felt like I had some idea, once the story got rolling where it was going, but I didn’t seem to care and I certainly wasn’t any less shocked when it went from scene to scene.

Wandering in a large house. I started making lists of words that had fallen out of the language, and then began wondering about why the words had died. With five short story collections, how much pressure is there toward writing novels? I’d rather just read the critical text than read the same thing watered down and simplified in fiction.

Beckett has an extraordinary signature — you can feel his presence in everything he writes despite the spareness of his prose. One has to know what not to publish, and be very strict with oneself. I’ve redrafted it, changing it each time very substantially, four times in the last rbian or twelve years.

I think I’ve managed to reprogram my thinking enough that now certain tonal things seem to happen organically. He was incredibly evebson Do you make conscious decisions or does it happen more organically? Your humor, perhaps most fully in The Wavering Knifeis dark and hard. As a writer, I’d like to think that what I’m created has a certain authority and expresses a distinctive voice, that I’m offering something up to the reader that he or she isn’t likely to encounter elsewhere, and that this something is not simply the content but a way of handle that content.

In some of the stories in The Wavering Knife the humor comes out much more fully. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Brian Evenson

They’re all in boxes. I’ve been interested in both writers who depict madness and writers and thinkers, like Antonin Artaud or Daniel Paul Schreber or Christopher Smartwho have spent substantial time in asylums, as well as in outsider artists of all kinds. I published a portion of A Circular Desert as a story called “Sortie” that appeared in a very small magazine six or seven years ago.


Your collections appear, especially in tone and theme, to have unique cohesive elements. I think the best writers have a very distinctive signature that expresses itself in their style, in their way of putting sentences together. In translating Mountain Rhow much was Jacques Jouet’s voice and how much was yours? Thematically, I do seem to be drawn to certain kinds of stories, certain kinds of suffering. There’s something about that novel, which takes place in an imaginary Saharan country inspired perhaps a little too much by Roussel’s Africa, that I still like.

I think the depictions of madness in writing are sometimes a little formulaic, but also think that very few of the insane are in any sort of position of lucidity.

If one digs deep enough, at least several unpublished novels seem to exist — such as Pergolesi’s Death and A Circular Desert. There are other things I could look at.

I’d also like to think that my fiction can be read in a number of different ways. Years ago, you said, “I’d like to think that the writing I’m doing has a signature of its own.

If it was going to destroy me, I wanted it to be worth it.

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As a reader, I’m interested in style as much as in content, in the way a story is narrated eevnson much as what’s actually said. Each of them taught me something about writing, about putting a novel together, but each also taught me a great deal about what doesn’t work when one is writing a novel.

And a number of the stories couple difficult content with a very lyrical style which, I think, makes a reader brothsrs pulled between being repulsed by the text and attracted to it. Writing Father of Lies.