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A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, RON HANSEN

Author:    RON HANSEN

Title:   A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction

Binding:   Paper Back

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Harper Perennial April 2002

ISBN Number:    0060956682 / 9780060956684

Seller ID:   20110531187906

A few years back, we claimed that ''Hansen's descriptive expertise is hypnotically precise -- powerful, like an injection... he packs the sensory intensity with potent story.'' A little gushing, but now we've seen this collection of occasional pieces and -- we're stickin' by it. Among the fourteen collected here are a reminiscence of John Gardner (On Moral Fiction) which makes us sadder than ever that he died so tragically early; a colorful portrait of St. Ignatius Loyola; a convincing interpretation of Gerard Manley Hopkins as great poet and holy man; and other trajectories on the biblical narrative of Cain and Abel, the phenomenon of the stigmata, the epochal quality of the film Babette's Feast, the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, and the Eucharist. Hansen's initial piece treats of writing as sacramental. Beyond all the critical acclaim he's accumulated, a powerful enough incentive to read him, we'd say.

An Eighth Day View:

In this vivid and deeply felt collection of essays, Ron Hansen talks about his novels, childhood, family, and mentors such as John Gardner. He explores prayer, stigmata, twentieth-century martyrs, and the Eucharist. A profile of his grandfather, a "tough-as-nails, brook-no-guff Colorado rancher," finds a place alongside a wonderfully informative portrait of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A brilliant reading of a story by Leo Tolstoy follows an appreciation of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.Surprisingly intimate, A Stay Against Confusion brings together the literary and religious impulses that inform the life of one of our most gifted fiction writers.

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