The List of All Answers: Collected stories by Peter Goldsworthy

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May 2004, no. 261
Gail Jones reviews 'The List of All Answers: Collected stories' by Peter Goldsworthy

The List of All Answers: Collected stories

by Peter Goldsworthy

Viking, $29.95 pb, 339 pp

The List of All Answers: Collected stories by Peter Goldsworthy

by
May 2004, no. 261

Susan Sontag has identified in contemporary fiction what she calls an ‘impatient, ardent and elliptical’ drive. These are features, above all, of the well-wrought story, and they are also adjectives that well describe its inherent paradox: the story is contained but somehow urgent, intensified but working in a system of concision, suggestive but employing referential exorbitance. Four pages might betoken an entire world.

Gail Jones reviews 'The List of All Answers: Collected stories' by Peter Goldsworthy

The List of All Answers: Collected stories

by Peter Goldsworthy

Viking, $29.95 pb, 339 pp

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