Coup de foudre pour une star

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Coup de Foudre by Ken Kalfus

The third collection by the celebrated author of Thirst and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, Coup de Foudre is the groundbreaking work of literary invention Ken Kalfus’s fans have come to expect. The book is anchored by the biting title novella, a sometimes comic, ultimately tragic story about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid in a New York hotel. With irony and compassion, Kalfus skewers international political gridlock and the hypocrisies of acceptable sexual conduct.

In “The Moment They Were Waiting For,” a murderer on death row casts a spell granting the inhabitants of his city the foreknowledge of the dates they will die. In “An Earthquake in China,” a baseball player contends with a publicity visit to a hospitalized child who is far more ill than expected. “The Un-“ is a nostalgic story of a young writers struggles as he tries to surmount the colossal, heavily guarded wall that apparently separates published writers from those who are not.

The stories in Coup de Foudre vary boldly in theme, setting, and tone, yet they each share Kalfus’s distinctive humor and intellect, inextricably bound with high literary ambition.
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Usage notes: The French expression le coup de foudre has a literal and a figurative meaning, though the latter is more common – especially among English.
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