Magic surrealism

In two innovative and fantastical short stories, Barry Yourgrau expresses a palette of powerful emotions.


Read by Barry Yourgrau
December 14, 2000 2:00PM (UTC)

South African writer and performer Barry Yourgrau has developed a cult following from his spoken-word performances on MTV, NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition" and at clubs, small theaters and colleges on both U.S. coasts. His reviews and articles appear regularly in the New York Times, New York, Salon, Spin, Artforum and Nerve among others.

"Haunted Traveller; An Imaginary Memoir" (Arcade Publishing) is Yourgrau latest book, which the New York Times Book Review called "strangely sublime." Yourgrau's previous book, "The Sadness of Sex," became a movie in which he starred with Peta Wilson, TV's "La Femme Nikita." He's also published two short fiction collections: "Wearing Dad's Head" and "A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane."

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In these two recordings, Yourgrau hypnotically conveys his world of magical realism and heartfelt humanity. Both innovative and often bizarre stories, "Fog" and "At the Clockmakers" express an emotional truth that resonates.


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