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There is a certain kind of modernist story that involves the sudden appearance of an inexplicable thing in an ordinary social situation -- something ususlly large and unavoidable -- that's not particualrly threatening but is inconvenient and eerie.  Gradually people come to either accept it or explain it to themselves.  Eventually it vanishes, or it never does.  The only example I can think of is Marques's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."  I know there are others.  ANy examples?

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crowleycrow
Oct. 26th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
Those sound more like symbols or metonymyies (part standing for the whole) -- the ones in stories I'm thinking of are annoyingly inert, and in the end nothing is made of them.

Edited at 2015-10-26 11:47 am (UTC)
SteveOptimist
Oct. 26th, 2015 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right. I'm staring at the collected stories of Malamud and Bashevis Singer, thinking there must be one inside that fits your description.