Books by Evan S. Connell

LOST IN UTTAR PRADESH by Evan S. Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"Connell combines the master fiction writer's skills (brisk characterization, supple stylistic precision) with those of a compulsive traveler, ruminative antiquarian and borderline-eccentric obsessive."
A rich variety of settings, themes and characters distinguishes this collection from Connell (Deus Lo Volt!, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
FRANCISCO GOYA by Evan S. Connell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Well-crafted musings on living in violent and troubled times, using one of the greatest artists of that genre as a lens."
From literary nonfiction author and novelist Connell (Deus Lo Volt!, 2000, etc.), an idiosyncratic consideration of the groundbreaking Spanish artist. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2001

"Whatever they are, these pieces exude a rare spirit that delights to find the marvelous in the actual. "
A thick sheaf of nonfictions—"essays" is a slight misnomer—all but two from earlier collections by novelist Connell (Deus Lo Volt!, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
DEUS LO VOLT! by Evan S. Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

" Magnificent stuff. Readers who have already been captivated by Connell's departures from conventional fictional form will be eager to follow him down this curious and remarkable book's intricate, pristine, and illuminating path."
The Crusades of the late-11th through early13th centuries are the subjects of this brimming, though by no means sprawling, semidocumentary novel, Connell's first since The Alchemist's Journal (1991). Read full book review >
THE COLLECTED STORIES OF EVAN S. CONNELL by Evan S. Connell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

From the prolific and accomplished Connell (Son of the Morning Star, Mrs. Bridge), a worthy compendium of 56 stories13 new, 14 previously uncollected, and 29 from three earlier collections: The Anatomy Lesson (1957), At the Crossroads (1965), and St. Augustine's Pigeon (1980). ``Life is, after all, the study of contradictions.'' So says the narrator of ``Au Lapin Gros,'' a new story with a typical Connell heroa too-smart but unambitious middle-aged outsider and cynic dissatisfied with his life choices. Here (as in many of the other tales), Connell's hero weaves through an ever-shifting world of contradictions. The narrator is drawn to a large Greek woman in a Paris cafe; she could be a bomb-throwing revolutionary or a madwoman, or possibly bothit doesn't matter. He doesn't care what she's revolting againsthe just loves her big feet and will do anything for her. In ``Hooker,'' recurring antihero Koerner stumbles on a former one-night stand. After she disappears, he wanders San Francisco interrogating anyone who might know the many- aliased enchantress, with all telling him different life-histories of the chameleon-like creature. In these new pieces, Connell is at his acerbic, biting best, often capturing mercilessly the grotesque and the small-mindedness in average bourgeois Americans. In ``Acedia,'' for instance, Koerner, suffering from the medieval condition of sloth, is dragged by friends to a freakish party where he wallows in its horribleness. And in ``A Cottage near Twin Falls,'' a successful writer is persuaded to leave his seclusion to go to a cocktail party where he suffers through an endless barrage of inane questions. Some of the earlier stories seem a bit writerly or sketchy, but the whole sparkles with Connell's learnedness, sharp wit, and spare, concise prose. A top collection. (First Serial to The New Yorker) Read full book review >