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Wavering Knife, the (2004) [Collection]
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Brian Evenson's fifth story collection constructs a human landscape as unearthly as it is mundane. Replete with the brutality, primordial waste, and savage blankness familiar to readers of his earlier works, Evenson's Kafkaesque allegories entice the mind while stubbornly disordering it.

In the title story an obsessional consciousness folds back on itself, creating a vertiginous melange of Poe and Borges, both horrific and metaphysical. Here, as in "Moran's Mexico," and "Greenhouse," the solitary nature of reading and writing leads characters beyond human limits, making the act of putting words to paper a monstrous violation opening onto madness. Evenson's enigmatic names—Thurm, Bein, Hatcher, Burl—unplaceable landscapes, and barren rooms all combine to create a semblance of conceptual abstraction, as though the material universe had come to exist inside someone's head.

Small wonder that Evenson's work has attracted so much attention among philosophers, literary critics, and other speculative intelligences, for it continuously projects a tantalizing absence, as though there were some key or code that, if only we knew it, would illuminate everything. However, the blade of discernment wavers, and we are left to our own groping interpretations. This is a collection to be read and reread.


  • White Square
  • The Ex-Father
  • The Intricacies of Post-Shooting Etiquette
  • Promisekeepers
  • Muller
  • Moran's Mexico
  • The Wavering Knife
  • Calling the Hour
  • Version
  • Stockwell
  • Barcode Jesus
  • One Over Twelve
  • House Rules
  • The Prophets
  • The Progenitor
  • The Gravediggers
  • Body
  • The Installation

Original title: The Wavering Knife
Original languages: English


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  • Awarded the International Horror Guild Award for a Short Fiction Collection

Edition #1: The Wavering Knife

The Wavering Knife (2004)
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Language: English

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The Wavering Knife (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9781573661133
Pages: 210

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