The Syllabus of Errors, Or Twelve Stories of Obsession, Loss and Getting in a State Ashley Stokes

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Published: February 10th 2013

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The Syllabus of Errors, Or Twelve Stories of Obsession, Loss and Getting in a State  by  Ashley Stokes

The Syllabus of Errors, Or Twelve Stories of Obsession, Loss and Getting in a State by Ashley Stokes
February 10th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 199 pages | ISBN: | 10.27 Mb

“Lovers of Mitteleuropa period fiction, or of contemporary fiction or ideally both will love this book. It’s Jospeh Roth meets Roberto Bolano, and it is simply wonderful.”David Rose, author of Vault: An Anti-Novel (Salt, 2011).In a sequence ofMore“Lovers of Mitteleuropa period fiction, or of contemporary fiction or ideally both will love this book. It’s Jospeh Roth meets Roberto Bolano, and it is simply wonderful.”David Rose, author of Vault: An Anti-Novel (Salt, 2011).In a sequence of overlapping short stories, a cast of loners and romantics explore how our anxious present is mirrored in the uncertainties of the inter-war period with its crashes and crises.

Ultimately it conveys a coded warning from history about what can come to fill the void when universally accepted notions of democracy and liberal capitalism are being questioned – just as they are now.Ashley Stokes’ restless and rootless characters dream of idealised cities or moments in the historical or personal past which they feel could offer them escape.

Historically – Sally Bowles and Fritz Lang’s “M” join hands in WeimarBerlin, a faceless soldier wanders through a war-torn city looking for his lost love, an artist high on modernism gets caught up in a political assassination in Fascist Italy. Personally - they dream of capturing that unfulfilled promise,that missed perfect kiss, that unresolved moment, that thing that should have lived. The stories accumulate until their origins are revealed in the notebook jottings of one harassed teenage boy growing up in a fantasy of the Third Reich in Surrey.Ashley Stokes is a Creative Writing lecturer for UEA and the OU, a Bridport Prize for Fiction Winner and Pushcart Prize nominee and his short fiction has appeared in over twenty journals and anthologies.

His first novel TOUCHING THE STARFISH (Unthank Books, 2010) was described as “a work of an anarchic imagination stuffed with incident and mordantly humorous observations.” Eastern Daily Press.



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