Sherman Alexie

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What is the literary style of Sherman Alexie?

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In her work on Native American Writers, Susan Brill describes Alexie Sherman's writing as a mix of 

...pain and humor, hunger and survival, love and anger, broken treaties Manifest Destiny, basketball, car wrecks, commodity food, HUD houses, smallpox blankets, and promises and dreams.

Into this paradoxical mixture, Sherman fuses irony and dark humor with traditional elements of Indian mythmaking with surrealistic images, spirituality, and poetic passages. As one character describes himself,

"That's how I do this life sometimes by making the ordinary just like magic and just like a card trick and just like a mirror and just like disappearing. Every Indian learns how to be a...

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