Brian Evenson (born August 12, ) is an American academic and writer of both literary As a young man, Brian Evenson served a two-year mission for The Church of In , he received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers”. #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson. Daddy Norton has fallen and broken his leg. He refuses to let his sons leave the house for help. He believes. Brian Evenson’s work can be unpredictable, confronting the reader with what can Evenson has received an O. Henry award for his story “Two Brothers” and an.

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There are, of course, some choices in terms of arrangement and sentence patterning that are particular to hrothers — another translator might vrothers handled them differently — but I tried always to let my voice give way to his. I’m also continuing to write stories, and have a piece coming out in the next issue of McSweeney’s and a piece in Omnidawn’s New Fabulist anthology among other things.

You’ve said your work contains a “violent edge. Dark Property has a lot of odd words but tries to put them into brothefs very clean context, a context where one can quickly guess their meaning.

His fiction is often described as literary minimalismbut also draws inspiration from horrordetective fictionscience fiction and continental philosophy.

It’s a very strong book and as a writer I felt an affinity with it, which is why I wanted to translate it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

As a writer, I’d briian to think that what I’m created has a certain authority and expresses a distinctive voice, that I’m offering something up to the reader that he or she isn’t likely to encounter elsewhere, and that this something is not simply the content but a way of handle that content.

There was a lot of local controversy surrounding my first collection, Altmann’s Tonguewhich cost me my job at Brigham Young University, a Mormon university I was working at the time. Evenson layers these things in such a way to not make them lame or too critical, but rather perfectly shocking and impactful.

February Geoffrey H. Among other accolades, Evenson has received an O. Do you make conscious decisions or does it happen more organically? A strong argument can be made that your work is aware brisn philosophy, literary criticism and other “speculative intelligences,” yet your stories have appeared in horror anthologies.


Brian Evenson

I’m very committed to the short story as a form. I tend to throw away around half of what I write, and start a lot of stuff that doesn’t work out. What gives you that stylistic range? Archived from the original on I started making lists of words that had fallen out of the language, and then began wondering about why the words had died.

Same, I think, is true of Jim Thompson, who does some things stylistically that I think are incredibly revolutionary. The objections to the book were framed in terms of the book’s violence and immorality, but I think what people were really objected to was the ethical blankness of the book, the narrative’s refusal to make any kind of judgment whatsoever on the actions therein, and the way this refusal is replicated in the non-reactions of the characters themselves both to the violence around them and to the acts they themselves are committing.

This for me all partly stems from an interest in Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and their favoring of the schizophrenic over the neurotic.

Short Fiction Daily: Brian Evenson and Creepiness

In translating Mountain Rhow much was Jacques Jouet’s voice and how much was yours? Here is a paragraph p. Did you ever think that writing fiction would affect your life as significantly as it has? I’m fairly aware of philosophy and especially interested in questions of epistemology, particularly theories that suggest the impossibility of knowing.

It’s an extreme book, but I’m very happy with it. Theron pushed the barrel flush against the dog’s forehead. Evenson makes frequent use of dark humor and often features characters struggling with the limits and consequences of knowledge. For instance, a story I finished recently called “90 over 90,” about an editor struggling in the publishing industry, has a humor that’s largely satirical and parodic and contains only the darkness naturally found in the publishing industry.

I published a portion of A Circular Desert as a story called “Sortie” that appeared in a very small magazine six or seven years ago.

The Open Curtainwhich is the longest thing I’ve ever written, I think of as a series of three novellas, so each section has that tightness and crispness, but then it has the larger scope and the sections have the larger interconnections of a novel.

It has some very odd moments. I am interested, as a reader, in people like Dashell Hammett who, at his best, is quite literary — he’s bashing around in noir before the genre was formalized and as a result does some very surprising things.


Most of it has been published in literary venues, but there does seem to be a lot of interest in it from other places as well — a few stories have been gathered in genre anthologies of various kinds, and one of my favorite novellas, The Brotherhood of Mutilationwas published by a small press that mainly does horror.

I’d like to think my own stories are most interested in creating a narrative, creating too a certain mood or feeling, that whatever philosophy is there is integrated and sublimated.

Bookslut | An Interview with Brian Evenson

Theron steadied Aurel against the side of the house and leveled the air rifle at the dog’s head. I tried to stay very close to the feel of Jouet’s original. For me, I felt like I had some idea, once the story got rolling where it was going, but I didn’t seem to care and I certainly wasn’t brotherss less shocked when it went from scene to scene.

With five short story collections, how much pressure is there toward writing novels? Nabokov, whose prose is much more deliberately fussy, has a similar extraordinary signature. I talk about that in an afterword the paperback version of Altmann’s Tongue — it was very difficult, and ultimately precipitated the collapse of my marriage.

What have you learned? I have certain strategies involved with trying to slightly defamiliarize English.

Brpthers example, the main character of The Open Curtain becomes preoccupied with a murder committed in the early s by William Hooper Younga grandson of 19th century Mormon leader Brigham Youngwhile Immobility takes place in a post-apocalyptic Utah and features some esoteric elements of LDS theology. I’d rather just read the critical text than read the same thing watered down and simplified in fiction.

For me, it was a way of trying to resurrect these dead, really intriguing words, and the story of the novella, which involves a resurrection cult and a very permeable line between rvenson and death, sprang from that. Archived from the original PDF on 11 September From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.