The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand, A Novella & 13 Stories

Childhood overseas. Trying to find oneself as an artist. Growing up Latino. Music, musicians, and an eccentric musicologist. A statue, a cigarette, a moustache. A nightmarish piano recital. Abortive romances. Loneliness, silence. The problem of fascism. These are among the subjects evoked in this collection of fourteen pieces, both "straight," realistic stories and more "experimental" narratives. More

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About Gene Bell-Villada

Gene H. Bell-Villada, critic, essayist, translator, professor and former Chair in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, has contributed extensively to national and international journals.

He is the author of definitive books on Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and he has published ART FOR ARTS SAKE AND LITERARY LIFE (1996), a brilliant examination of literary aestheticism from the eighteenth century to academic deconstruction.

Recent titles include "On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind: What the Russian-American Odd Pair Can Tell Us about Some Values, Myths and Manias Widely Held Most Dear" and his autobiographical "Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics."

Bell-Villada is also a novelist. His satirical THE CARLOS CHADWICK MYSTERY: A NOVEL OF COLLEGE LIFE AND POLITICAL TERROR, is set in an imaginary liberal arts college and traces the evolution of a student from centrism to terrorism. He has also authored a collection of stories, THE PIANIST WHO LIKED AYN RAND.

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The satirical fiction of literary scholar Gene H. Bell-Villada is as timely today as ever. In fact, it is so relevant as to appear almost prescient. In fact, it is so prescient as to not seem like satire at all. Politically astute, socially progressive readers will delight in Bell-Villada's slyly humorous send-offs of American culture, such as it is.

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