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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?


Oct. 26th, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
ALl smart and mostly more interesting than the class of stories I'm thinking of. I just remembered one: Stephen Millhauser's story "The Slap," where a guy keeps appearing and randomly slapping people in a kind ot inexplicable rage, then finally just disappears.
Oct. 26th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
You weren't unclear. But direct examples seem just past the tip of my mental tongue.

Woman in the Dunes? Hmm.

Can't remember if part of the point of The Exterminating Angel was that the horrible upper middle class people complained about their magical imprisonment but didn't have much curiosity about it. Or if they instead did and it was more about just deserts.
Oct. 26th, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
well that's an intersting one, I must say. Their responses were indeed varied and all inadequate (one religious, one political, etc.) One of my all-time-great movies.
Oct. 26th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Like Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged...