Calendar of Regrets (Paperback)
Fiction Collective 2, 9781573661577, 456pp.
Publication Date: September 6, 2010
Calendar of Regrets is a wildly inventive and visually rich collage of twelve interconnected narratives, one for each month of the year, all pertaining to notions of travel—through time, space, narrative, and death.
About the Author
Lance Olsen is Professor of English at the University of Utah and author of ten novels, one new-media text, four critical studies, four short-story collections, and a textbook on fiction writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. He is Fiction Editor at Western Humanities Review.
Praise For Calendar of Regrets…
“Lance Olsen misbehaves in all sorts of grave and playful ways. He throws Hieronymus Bosch in the mix with Agamemnon; God in the mix with the devil. Here are postcards, podcasts, and fairy tales; terrorism and angels; aphasia and aneurysym; bludgeonings and vacuous friendships. Calendar of Regrets is a spectacular synthesis, a wild ride through a free mind. I have never read anything like it.”
—Noy Holland, author of What Begins with Bird
“Perhaps no other American author writes as expansively and insightfully as Lance Olsen about what it means to be alive at this place, at this time. The power of Calendar of Regrets comes from the ease with which it convinces its readers that the most astonishing thing about life is that we are here at all: the surreal visions of Hieronymus Bosch are no more vivid than the religious minds of suicide bombers; a tourist’s experience of an exotic country; or the moment when a teacher realizes that her students will never change. Page after page, Olsen places us in the position of those first travelers in hot-air balloons whose shift in perspective allowed them to see the world they lived within as though for the first time. The long view provided by the many private metamorphoses in this novel allows a portrait of posthumanity where forms endure, and each of us is a time traveler through them: a tour de force of elegance, thought, and transcendence.”
—Steve Tomasula, author of TOC: A New Media Novel