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Donald Antrim:
The Verificationist
Donald Antrim
  The Verificationist  
Donald Antrim    
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interview

an excerpt



  When you first read of one of his novels, Donald Antrim might seem to be completely insane. But then, the best artists have always been called crazy. Antrim is the darkly comedic author of Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World and The Hundred Brothers. With his latest publication, The Verificationist, he has gone a from promising talent to a surrealist star.

The Verificationist tells the story of Tom, a psychoanalyst at the prestigious Krakower Institute who brings together his colleagues for an evening of banter and opinion-sharing over bottomless cups of coffee and high-carbohydrate food at the local Pancake House & Bar. When Bernhardt, the father figure of the group, attempts to prevent Tom from starting a food fight by
embracing him in a massive bear hug, Tom has an out-of-body experience and floats up to the ceiling where he looks down upon his associates. Throughout the course of the evening, Tom ruminates on psychoanalysis, sex, marriage, manhood, and family. Antrim's style, though circuitous, is utterly compelling and often hilarious. The novel is a brilliant parody, holding up a (funhouse) mirror to society in general, and psychoanalysis specifically, audaciously rendered in Antrim's unique absurdist style.

In this issue of Bold Type, you'll find an interview with Donald Antrim, an excerpt from The Verificationist and an exclusive audio performance by the author which truly displays his bold inventiveness, keen ear and delight in word play.



--Larry Weissman
 
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