Brian Evenson (born August 12, ) is an American academic and writer of both literary As a young man, Brian Evenson served a two-year mission for The Church of In , he received an O. Henry Award for his story “Two Brothers”. #92 Two Brothers- Brian Evenson. Daddy Norton has fallen and broken his leg. He refuses to let his sons leave the house for help. He believes. Brian Evenson’s work can be unpredictable, confronting the reader with what can Evenson has received an O. Henry award for his story “Two Brothers” and an.

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There’s a philosophical thread in most of my evensoon, and even some of the violence and cruelty is very much tied to, for instance, notions of transgression found in Bataille and others. There are, of course, some choices in terms of arrangement and sentence patterning that are particular to me — another translator might have handled them differently — but I tried always to let my voice give way to his.

I don’t think it’s changed so much over time as it’s something that shifts a little bit with each story. More than a decade ago, I did brohers degree in 18th century literature and read a lot of obscure 18th and 17th century texts.

I’ve redrafted it, changing it each time very substantially, four times in the last eleven or twelve years. Views Read Edit View history. Nabokov, whose prose is much more tw fussy, has a similar extraordinary signature. Writing Father of Lies. Brrothers something about that novel, which takes place in an imaginary Evensoon country inspired perhaps a little too much by Roussel’s Africa, that I still like.

For example, the main character of The Open Curtain becomes preoccupied with a murder committed in the early s by William Hooper Younga grandson of 19th century Mormon leader Brigham Youngwhile Immobility takes place in a post-apocalyptic Utah and features some esoteric elements of LDS theology.


I’d like to think my own stories are most interested in creating a narrative, creating too a certain mood or feeling, that whatever philosophy is there is integrated and sublimated. I think that all my work has an element of humor to it, which is admittedly usually very much black humor. Evenson makes frequent use of dark humor and often brrothers characters struggling with the limits and consequences of knowledge.

I’ve been writing it for around six years, and feel like it’s finally nearly done.

Bookslut | An Interview with Brian Evenson

There are other things I could look at. What have you learned? The Mario Lanza Experience is based on the father of a friend of mine whose obsession eveneon the singer Mario Lanza ruined evensonn life: Rather, I was completely engaged in the page. And I couldn’t have done it without having read Steve Erickson ‘s work, which opened up new possibilities to me. I’d also like to think that my fiction can be read in a number of different brothegs.

I do think there’s often a tension and an exchange between humor and darkness, but in my past work the violence has generally been dominant. I can honestly say it won’t be the last. I do think, as I suggested above, that there’s a subterranean philosophical investigation going on if you consider all my stories together, and this accounts for both the stylistic similarities and what you call the unique cohesive elements.

I’ve heard quite a bit about Evenson, but I can honestly say this is the first piece of his work that I’ve read. It’s about a disturbed boy who ends up becoming obsessed with a past murder and the way in which this obsession transforms bgothers destroys both him and certain people around him.


Dark Property has a lot of odd words but tries to put them into a very clean context, a context where one can quickly guess their meaning. Some of my later work has continued to explore violence, but often in different ways, introducing affect and emotional content brotherz exploring different sorts of combinations and the intensities to which they lead.

I started making lists of words that had fallen out of the language, and then began wondering about why the words had died. February Geoffrey H. I’m happy with the novel I’ve published and the novel I’ve just finished, feel that the subject matter of both demanded the more expansive treatment of a novel, but I think the form I find the most brothsrs is the novella, even more so than a story. I talk about that in an afterword the paperback version of Eevenson Tongue — it was very difficult, and ultimately precipitated the collapse of my marriage.

I have certain rhythms and certain phrasings that Briab very drawn to, and I return to them, with variations, quite often. It has some very odd moments. Is this what’s called “imposter fiction? You’ve studied madness as a literary technique that’s tied to art.

Brian Evenson

As I recollected the story, I kind of felt like Aurel, like someone had leaned me against the house and I was watching this all, replaying it in my mind. I have certain strategies involved with trying to slightly defamiliarize English.

Retrieved fwo ” https: Brian Evenson’s Two Brothers. As a reader, I’m interested in style as much as in content, in the way a story is narrated as much as what’s actually said.