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by Stanley Elkin
Foreword by William Gass

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ISBN: 978-0-87923-323-5
Pages: 341
Size: 5.41" x 8.22"
Published: June 1980
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A satirical novel by Stanley Elkin.

Ben Flesh inherits an unusual deathbed request: the prime interest rate. This wildly comic, energetic, and virtuoso novel surveys the sordid American scene with an eye that reflects the chaos of our society with a brilliance and clarity seldom encountered. As William Gass writes in his foreword, "Elkin composes a song from the clutter of the country, a chant out of that 'cargo of crap' that comprises our culture..." This is vintage Elkin, America made Flesh through a hero who can't see the forest for the picnic tables and through a tale whose central metaphor is the franchise, that self-replicating mechanism that has sanitized and saturated our landscape. 

Stanley Elkin

Stanley Elkin was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Chicago. After earning his PhD at the University of Illinois, he joined the English faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, where he remained until his death. During his career, Elkin published fifteen books, many of which darkly satirize American pop culture. He received numerous accolades for his work, including two National Book Critics Circle Awards and nominations for the PEN Faulkner Award and the National Book Award.

Author: William Gass

William Gass was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1924 and was educated at Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan, and Cornell. He has taught philosophy at Purdue University and at Washington University (St. Louis). His books include the novel Omensetter's Luck, the novella Willie Masters' Lonely Wife, two volumes of criticism, Fiction and the Figures of Life and The World Within the Word, and On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry.