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Oblivion: Stories (2004) [Collection]
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One of the most prodigiously talented and original writers at work today returns with his first new fiction in five years.

In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace joins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite involutions of self-consciousness a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his. These are worlds undreamt-of by any other mind. Only David Foster Wallace could convey a father's desperate loneliness by way of his son's daydreaming through a teacher's homicidal breakdown ("The Soul Is Not a Smithy"). Or explore the deepest and most hilarious aspects of creativity by delineating the office politics surrounding a magazine profile of an artist who produces miniature sculptures in an anatomically inconceivable way ("The Suffering Channel"). Or capture the ache of love's breakdown in the painfully polite apologies of a man who believes his wife is hallucinating the sound of his snoring ("Oblivion").

Each of these stories is a complete world, as fully imagined as most entire novels, at once preposterously surreal and painfully immediate. Oblivion is an arresting and hilarious new creation from a writer "whose best work challenges and reinvents the art of fiction" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).


  • Mister Squishy
  • The Soul Is Not a Smithy
  • Incarnations of Burned Children
  • Another Pioneer
  • Good Old Neon
  • Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
  • Oblivion
  • The Suffering Channel

Original title: Oblivion: Stories
Original languages: English


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Oblivion: Stories (2004)
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Language: English

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Oblivion: Stories (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316010764
Pages: 329

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Oblivion: Stories (June 8, 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
ISBN: 9780316919814
Dimensions: 6 x 9.4 x 1.3 in
Pages: 329

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Oblivion: Stories (July 2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Abacus Books
ISBN: 9780349118109
Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.4 x 1.1 in
Pages: 304

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Oblivion: Stories (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Abacus Books
ISBN: 9780349116495
Pages: 336

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