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Lives of the Mind Slaves

ISBN: 9780889841390
Publisher: Porcupine's Quill
Publication Date: 1994-08-15
Number of pages: 192
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Matt Cohen's stories have been widely anthologized and have appeared in distinguished periodicals and journals in Canada, Britain and the United States. Lives of the Mind Slaves features 7 short stories -- one of which (`Trotsky's First Confessions') was written especially for this book -- and a brilliant novella.

Cohen's novella, `Golden Whore of the Heartland`, explores the conflict between the spontaneity of passion -- a chance affair -- and the comfort of commitment and belonging. `The Sins of Tomas Benares' explores the theme of love over generations. 'Café Le Dog' is a celebration of all that remains inexplicable in the attractions between men and women. `Racial Memories' is vintage Cohen -- a story about a not-so-classic Jewish family.

Lives of the Mind Slaves contains the best of Cohen's two previous short story collections, Café Le Dog and Living on Water.

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