By Kelman Out of Pessoa, Doug Nufer

By Kelman Out of Pessoa

Doug Nufer

Publisher: Les Figues Press
PubDate: 8/1/2011
ISBN: 9781934254240
Price: $15.00
Quantity Available: 43
Pages: 202
SKU #: F07B

Fiction. In 2002, Doug Nufer wrote a story narrated by a tout, who proposed a novel way to beat the races. It was so absurd and ludicrous it gave him an idea. So Nufer went to Emerald Downs, home of thoroughbred racing in the Northwest. There, he split himself into three characters modeled on the heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa. Using a money management plan from a James Kelman short story, Nufer gave these characters money and set them free to gamble. He returned to the track every week for a full season, and his characters/heteronyms continued to bet, with real money and in the name of art. At the end of the season, he had pages of data in the form of a wagering diary, the outcome of a literary experiment that formed the basis of a literal experimental novel.

Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA

Doug Nufer uses formal constraints to write fiction, poetry, and pieces for performance. He is the author of the poetry collection WE WERE WEREWOLVES (Make Now Press, 2008), and six novels, including BY KELMAN OUT OF PESSOA (Les Figues Press, 2011) Never Again (Black Square Editions, 2004), NEGATIVELAND (Autonomedia, 2004), and the double novel THE MUDFLAT MAN/THE RIVER BOYS (Soultheft Records, 2006). His work has appeared in CHAIN, FENCE, The Brooklyn Rail, Ubu Web, and Trickhouse. He lives in Seattle.

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