Allan Gurganus


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in Rocky Mount, NC, The United States
June 11, 1947

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Since 1989, Allan Gurganus’s novels, stories and essays have become a singularly unified and living body of work. Known for dark humor, erotic candor, pictorial clarity and folkloric sweep, his prose is widely translated. Gurganus’s stories, collected as “Piccoli eroi”, were just published to strong Italian reviews. France’s La Monde has called him “a Mark Twain for our age, hilariously clear-eyed, blessed with perfect pitch.”

Fiction by Gurganus has inspired the greatest compliment of all: memorization and re-reading. The number of new critical works, the theatrical and film treatments of his fiction, testify to its durable urgency. Adaptations have won four Emmy. Robert Wilson of The American Scholar has called Gurganus “the rightful heir
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Plays Well with Others

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White People

3.91 avg rating — 459 ratings — published 1991 — 12 editions
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Local Souls

3.28 avg rating — 537 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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The Practical Heart: Four N...

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4.48 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1990
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Non abbiate paura

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Decoy: A Novella

3.04 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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Anche le sante hanno una madre

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“Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them.”
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“Without much accuracy, with strangely little love at all, your family will decide for you exactly who you are, and they'll keep nudging, coaxing, poking you until you've changed into that very simple shape. ”
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