Barry Hannah Long Fiction Analysis
Barry Hannah’s fiction is populated with the Confederate soldiers, redneck idlers, gifted liars, failed intellectuals, desperate women, and violent men that readers of American literature have come to expect from southern writers, but Hannah’s comic inventiveness, dazzling prose, and lopsided view of life make them highly original portraits. Hannah wrote like a juiced-up Faulkner, and the reader is often swept along by the sheer manic energy of his narratives. While his fiction is often short on plot, it is full of loopy twists and turns, imaginative surprises, and hilarious nonsense.
Hannah’s highly acclaimed first novel, Geronimo Rex, is a good example. Owing much to the...
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