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In the Park of Culture is a collection of literary short fictions that explore the difficulty of keeping faith in a world wracked by war and violence, while also considering the redemptive possibilities of love. In the first section of the collection, the author suggests that we are surrounded by pain and death and marked by time, and then implicitly or explicitly questions how it is possible to have faith in anything at all in such a world. In Falco's vision, war and the terrible violence that humans inflict on each other are among the chief horrors of this world. His work pushes readers to look at scenes of war and consider its awful legacy. The second section of the book offers a glimpse of a world where we worship and nurture with sheltering bodies. Many of these fictions express an appreciation of a life of the senses, while exploring both the passions that are a part of an engaged life and the loss that so often follows love. Falco's writing is poised at the intersection of cultural forces and personal desires, revealing how the larger currents of culture sweep over private lives. A powerful, sometimes shocking, book, In the Park of Culture will challenge its readers. as it creates new forms.

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Anyone who looks at current best seller lists and wonders what ever happened to serious writing can find an answer here. "Literary short fictions" is the publisher's way of describing this collection from Edward Falco, author of novels and numerous poems and short stories. In the afterword Falco explains that whatever labels have been applied to these pieces individually, all were approached in a spirit of experimentation, "disregarding the various conventions of form to see where such contraventions might lead." Themes include the intersection of cultural forces and personal desires and the difficulty of maintaining faith in a world marked by violence.


          ––Carol Bank

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