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"A sweeping vista of Northern sky opens up between the warehouses and hangs motionless above the cobbled streets." "We're oblivious. And all around us, Christmas hits the city like a plague." The influence of Raymond Carver hangs over Oblivious, an atmospheric collection of short stories that brush against the lives of characters who populate the working towns of North ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published January 27th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 30th 2010)
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Maria
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful collection of short stories. I enjoyed the sparse prose, the evocative description, and the fact that although the stories are all about different people, male and female, they could almost merge into one. All the main characters are struggling in some way. The themes of difficult family relationships, addiction, regret, depression, guilt, repeat themselves over and over. Schiller has created real characters; these could be people you pass in the street. Schiller has stripped ...more
Mark McKenna
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started Oblivious I didn’t know what to expect. I’d met Neil Schiller online and we exchanged books, promising to read and review each other's work. But when I began reading Oblivious I was put off. The book was bleak, dismal. It’s characters were simmering in a stew of doomed sexual passion; they were buried in meaningless work; it was always raining, or about to rain; his characters said things I thought, but would never say --

I didn’t really like the book. But I couldn’t stop reading
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Neil Schiller is an IT consultant and part time academic from Liverpool. Previously, he has published critical work on the authors Charles Bukowski and Richard Brautigan.

His first work of fiction, Oblivious, a collection of 21 short stories about life in the North West of England, was released in November 2010. The Haiku Diary – the result of a project where a diary was kept in Haiku form for each
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“A sweeping vista of Northern sky opens up between the warehouses and hangs motionless above the cobbled streets. It’s a world of unrequited love beneath the smoke stacks and awkward moments in the underpass. A great crashing wave of romantic despair that washes over my dramatic heart, dousing it with a thin grey rinse. I’m James Dean, I’m Albert Camus, I posture in doorways with a lit cigarette dangling from the corner of my mouth. My great iron bedstead, my kitchen sink drama, the grainy black and white days of this life...” 3 likes
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