Fiction
Fiction

Ten Conceptual Fictions

Richard Kostelanetz


 

 

Lost souls roaming.

 

 

Conspiracy theories.

 

 

Falling behind.

 

 

Generations of inbreeding.

 

 

Errant marrieds' adventures.

 

 

Crucifixion.

 

 

Men become women.

 

 

Interrogations.

 

 

One hundred epitaphs.

 

 

Winter wearing on.

 

 


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Richard Kostelanetz

Painting by Leonid Drozner

 

"If we acknowledge that Conceptual Fiction could suggest with few words alone a story that need not be written, or more story than is written, then I've been producing such literature since around that time, initially with Openings & Closings (1974), a book of single sentences meant to be, alternately, either the openings or the closings of otherwise non-existent fictions."

 

Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz's work in several fields appear in various editions of A Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, NNDB.com, Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories.  Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.  More at richardkostelanetz.com.

 

These Conceptual Fictions were originally published in Issue 2 of The Literarian.