John Domini

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John Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review and Ploughshares, and non-fiction in GQ and The New York Times, and elsewhere. The Times praised his early stories as "dreamlike… grabs hold of both reader and character," and Richard Ford called his ’07 novel, Earthquake I.D., "wonderful… a rich feast." In 2016, J.C. Hallman hailed his latest, MOVIEOLA!, as "a new shriek for a new century." A 2014 selection of criticism, The Sea-God's Herb, was termed "poetic" and "fascinating," in Publishers Weekly. Domini has won an NEA fellowship, taught at Harvard, Northwestern, and elsewhere, and held visiting-artist positions in Italy.

Average rating: 4.33 · 127 ratings · 55 reviews · 16 distinct works
A Tomb on the Periphery

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Earthquake I.D.

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Bedlam: Short Stories

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“The death of God left the angels in a strange position.”
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“Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs. Limits of the diaphane. But he adds: in bodies.”
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John Thanks a lot, Steven. Pleased to meet you.

Steven Godin Thanks John, pleased to make your acquaintance. Fantastic you have received Praise from Richard Ford, one of America's finest.

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John Grazie, Stefania, amica!

Stefania stefania Ciao, felice di ritrovarti

message 4: by M (last edited Jan 02, 2010 04:37AM)

M Cher John,
Bonne et Heureuse Année 2010 !

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Ali Hi John!

Your website is amazing; very impressive what you have been able to achieve with your work!

CONGRATULATIONS on your success and the awards given to you for your are admired!

Ali :)

Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend John! =)

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