Fiction. Preface by Samuel R. Delany. "Deeply romantic (in the best sense) and darkly evocative, Czyz's lush style explores regions well beyond simple narrative, probing the constantly shifting, oblique connections between failure, memory and the forever-incomplete nature of human desire. A moody, gorgeous and formally innovative collection, ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY deserves a wide audience among readers who understand that fiction is about more than getting a character from one room to the next."—Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times"Written in hauntingly lyrical prose, Czyz's short stories unfold like a vivid tapestry that is held together by [the] thread of human experience."—Michelle Howe, Newark Star Ledger"Certain books require a patient reader, one with the ability to concentrate closely and intently. Sentences are not straightforward or transparent, but long and labyrinthine, like intriguing yet shadowy dreams. The writing, more like poetry than prose, calls attention to language, to the fullness of a word, a sentence, with the purpose of expressing inexpressible emotions and experiences. Think of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past or Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury or, more recently, William Vollmann's Fathers and Crows. [...] Vincent Czyz's ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY is just this sort of work: lyrical and pensive, an odd and often beautiful portrait of longing."—Capper Nichols, Minnesota Daily
Vincent Czyz is the author of ADRIFT IN A VANISHING CITY a collection of short fiction that was awarded the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Best in Small Press; The Christos Mosaic, a novel; and The Three Veils of Ibn Oraybi, a novella. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts, the W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction, and the Truman Capote Fellowship at Rutgers University. His work has appeared in many publications, including New England Review, Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Georgetown Review, Tin House, Tampa Review, Copper Nickel, Skidrow Penthouse, and Boston Review.