Bats Out of Hell

Bats Out of Hell Love and torment lunacy and desire tenderness and war the stories in Bats Out of Hell provide a brilliant dazzling odyssey into American life Barry Hannah s reputation as a master of the short stor

Love and torment, lunacy and desire, tenderness and war the stories in Bats Out of Hell provide a brilliant, dazzling odyssey into American life Barry Hannah s reputation as a master of the short story, first established in 1978 with the publication of Airships, is magnified in this volatile, long awaited collection of new stories Astonishing in range and in the portraLove and torment, lunacy and desire, tenderness and war the stories in Bats Out of Hell provide a brilliant, dazzling odyssey into American life Barry Hannah s reputation as a master of the short story, first established in 1978 with the publication of Airships, is magnified in this volatile, long awaited collection of new stories Astonishing in range and in the portrayal of the human heart, these fierce and radar perfect stories give us individuals with whom hilarity and pain combine with true and startling clarity.

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Bats Out of Hell

  1. Barry Hannah was an American novelist and short story writer from Mississippi He was the author of eight novels and five short story collections He worked with notable American editors and publishers such as Gordon Lish, Seymour Lawrence, and Morgan Entrekin His work was published in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, and a host of American magazines and quarterlies In his lifetime he was awarded the The Faulkner Prize 1972 , The Bellaman Foundation Award in Fiction, The Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award, the PEN Malamud Award 2003 and the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters He was director of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, where he taught creative writing for 28 years He died on March 1, 2010, of natural causes.

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  1. Is Barry Hannah unjustly forgotten I don t know, but the meager 11 reviews might attest to such a fate The guy practically did for Ole Miss what Gass did for St Louis, which is to say almost single handedly bring some goddamn literary culture to it Some stories drag, some soar, but every one hides rewards I think Rat faced Auntie and Hey, Have You Got a Cig, the Time, the News, my Face were the best long stories One aspect in particular remains prominent in my memory of reading it a paragraph wo [...]


  2. This book is a genuine goddamn riot Barry Hannah hits these motherfuckers right out of the stadium time and time again The best of the stories in here are the best stories I ve read anywhere, period Streets ahead of Saunders, et al, and oh so much fun But it s not all wild loose swinging energy like his debut collection Airships Old Bazza has hit his stride here, there s a startling maturity and clear earthy wisdom under the antics, which comes through clearest in the longer pieces Two Things, S [...]


  3. Barry Hannah s lesser quality entries are STILL the works of a master Bats Out of Hell, a collection of short stories and by short, some are really only a few paragraphs is not his best but there are certainly enough interesting twists and turns to make it a worthy addition to my personal shelf of Southern writers Occasional passages do indeed show what Hannah was capable of in terms of characterization and emotional insight, but for the most part, I wouldn t recommend this as a starter Hannah f [...]


  4. Barry Hannah is always original and compelling Even when he s seemingly rewriting his own work the lead story High Water Railers is either a variation of or sequel to Water Liars from Airships or telling formless tales Formlessness in stories does not have to be detrimental We like shorts when they re clean and structured, but that s not necessarily true to life Life is amorphous Hannah captures how lives spill, whether following cracks, veering wildly, or remaining inert, in a glob His charact [...]


  5. Some really boring and overly long stories, which is too bad, since Hannah s best work usually comes through concision Still, a few great stories mixed in with a lot of fertilizer Far from his best writing the man never really made it through the early 80s in terms of his best output In breaking free of Lish s insane editing, I think Hannah went a little too far into maximalism, where his normally blistering language feels bloated than electric.


  6. There are 23 stories in this collection Several of them are forgettable 5 are very good The Vision of Esther by Clem , Rat Faced Auntie , Scandale d Estime , Slow Times in a Long School , and Tyranny of the Visual.Then there is the long short story, Hey, Have You Got a Cig, the Time, the News, My Face Dear God It is perfect.


  7. Fans of David Foster Wallace will appreciate the liberties Hannah takes with usage and syntax Hannah is one of the most underrated and relatively unknown to commercial book stores writers writing what I consider to be very important fiction Yonder Stands Your Orphan also by Hannah is a refined gem that was well worth the wait.


  8. At it s best it was twisted, dark, and hilarious At it s worst it was twisted and dark I was pretty hot and cold on this collection The stories I did enjoy made it worthwhile to keep slugging through it.


  9. Pretty twisted, and not in a pahlaniuk way.Some of the stories were hard to read because of the content.At least they were very literary, which made me not feel as dirty.Definitely not a book for the feint of heart or the very pious.


  10. There are roughly 10 near perfect stories in here and a few that aren t as strong Hey, Have You Got a Cig, the Time, the News, My Face , is flat out amazing.


  11. I will continue to read this book over and over again until I die I love Barry Hannah with my whole soul and I hate him too for doing this to me.


  12. We read selected stories from this in a Living Writers class back in 1997 Decided to read the whole book Good subway reading.


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