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Stewart O'Nan writes: "The Levitationist is brilliant and sinister, full of the marvelous and unexpected, wild yet measured, with the surreal, hermetic logic of dreams or prophecy. 'It's either our imagination or the plumbing,' one of Brandon Hobson's searching and tortured characters guesses, and he's right: it's the continual fairytale transformation from the mundane to ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published October 28th 2005 by Triple Press /Ravenna Press (first published 2005)
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Kirk Ashworth
Feb 20, 2008 Kirk Ashworth rated it liked it
Hobson's book wants to rise up, but these interconnected vignettes have the weight of bad dreams and apocalyptic freefalls. Still, at moments, this is the way of ascension.

The stories hold together because they are centered on a nuclear family - father, mother, son. The people have no names and little history. This is as it should be, for these people stand for every one of us, anonymous witnesses of our times.

There is the father who is keeping the secret of his mouse-sized mistress from his fa
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Ginnetta
Sep 24, 2008 Ginnetta rated it it was amazing
From The Levitationist I learned history will repeat itself no matter how sexual.
Brandon, thank you for the confirmation of my thought. A fine book indeed that I totally Dig! Also, kudos for the design and layout of this book. I hope The Levitationist becomes available for sale again soon. (online at least)
Brandon  Barrett
Aug 17, 2008 Brandon Barrett rated it it was amazing

This book was incredible. Simple storytelling muscle backed up by great imagery and a completely amazing sense of the supernatural. I like Brandon Hobson's work a lot and cannot wait to see where he goes from here.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Sep 16, 2008 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing
The Levitationist was like a living dream. Brandon Hobson's writing is darkly poetic and vivid.

"The next day, when he went to the backyard, he noticed a beautiful apple tree had grown in the spot of her burial. When he got closer, he could see that the apples were really tiny ears."

The Levitationist is a dream spiraling into a fairy tale, I absolutely loved it. His writing fed my mind and brought art alive in my head. Hobson must have amazing visions in his night wanderings. Surreal experience!
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Brandon Hobson is the author of Desolation of Avenues Untold, Deep Ellum, and The Levitationist. He is the recipient of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and his work has appeared in Conjunctions, NOON, Post Road, The Paris Review Daily, The Believer, New York Tyrant, and elsewhere.
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