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Catastrophe Practice (1979) [Collection]
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In his recent novels—including his award-winning Hopeful Monsters—Nicholas Mosley has investigated the patterns that govern our mental and emotional lives and the possibilities that we have for change, and nowhere has he explored such themes with greater concentration than in Catastrophe Practice.

A unique book whose characters and concerns are the basis for the other four novels of the Catastrophe Practice Series—Hopeful Monsters, Imago Bird, Judith and SerpentCatastrophe Practice is remarkable both in its form (three plays with prefaces and a novella) and in its ability to convey the complexities of thought.

Drawing upon catastrophe theory to examine the discontinuities in human personality and our tendency to progress suddenly rather than smoothly, the six characters of Catastrophe Practice struggle to disrupt traditional ways of being. These characters (and the author) feel that conventional ways of interpreting the world have become destructive—conventional language, conventional feelings, conventional situations—and try to find a way to realize genuine experience.

The basic optimism of the book is affirmed in the fact that the characters do progress, as they move away from the tragic or comic models hitherto provided by literature into categories more suited to growth and actualized living.


    Plays for Not Acting

  • Skylight
  • Landfall
  • Cell


  • Cypher

Original title: Catastrophe Practice
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classicsPost-modern, Avant-garde, & Experimental

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Catastrophe Practice (1979)
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Language: English

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Catastrophe Practice (March 1989)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Elmwood Park, Illinois
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 9780916583354
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.8 x 1.2 in
Pages: 342

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