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A, as in almanac for the dead but still dreaming. B, as in bestiary for the broken and the brave. C, as in crisis, catharsis, or conclusion: the cosmological fate of us all and how we choose to end things. Offering up an eclectic landscape of language experiments, patches of surrealism, and more traditional tales, POSTLUDES spans the style spectrum from A-Z, analog to ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published February 6th 2017 by KERNPUNKT press
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This is a great collection of short fiction, with a great sense of humour and of humanity. The stories range from the rather experimental to much more conventional, but each is engaging and occasionally quite heart-warming, with comic touches that verge on the darker side of things. Longer pieces, such as Rules to Win the Game, and the closer Bestiary, are well contructed short stories, with the latter peppered with odd references, comments, and quotes as its unconventional structure jumps back ...more
Matthew Burnside's Postludes is clever in the best sense of the word, shrewdly observant and often surprising. I found myself going back to re-read a story or a sentence to enjoy it all over again. The whole book is wonderful, but I was especially drawn to the fractured realities that make up the section entitled "Bestiary." This is a book to keep close at hand and revisited often.
Imagine a world of tattered dolls, drunken villains, toddlers who are also superheroes, sparking galaxies, life-or-death games, and masturbating poets ripped apart and then pasted back together in a cacophonous collage of tragedy and beauty, delights and horrors, and you might get somewhere close to imagining this book. A polyphony of ringing, full-throated prose, Postludes will leave you disturbed, enchanted, and thoroughly dazzled. Matthew Burnside is a dark wizard capable of summoning the ...more