RELIEF BY EXECUTION: A VISIT TO MAUTHAUSEN
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Since its original publication date of December 7th, 2015 (CCLaP), The Fugue has been picked up by Tortoise Books. It’s available anywhere books are sold. Click here to buy on Amazon. You can also find signed copies at The Book Table (they ship anywhere in the USA) Volumes Book Cafe, The Book Cellar, City Lit Books , and Burke’s Bookstore.
From the Jacket: After over a decade in prison, a young sculptor, Yuri Dilienko, returns to his old neighborhood in Cicero, Illinois. He finds the town stripped of so many places he used to know, while the town’s familiar streets, bricks and steeples trigger memories of his traumatic youth. To convalesce, he sculpts from collected scrap metal, but his arrival in town soon rouses a young girl, Lita Avila, to curiosity. Could this reclusive and oddly quiet man, whose art is sensitive yet intense, truly be guilty of setting fire to his parents’ bungalow and burning them alive? At once an homage to the urban grit of Nelson Algren and the family sagas of Leo Tolstoy, The Fugue is a true epic that spans three generations and over fifty years, a major new achievement in the history of Chicago literature. It considers the effects of war and the silent, haunting traumas inherited by children of displaced refugees. Gint Aras’s lucid yet lyrical prose braids and weaves a tale where memory and imagination merge, time races and drags, and identity collapses and shifts without warning.
From the jacket: In this tragicomedy, Gint Aras’ hapless and marijuana-dazed narrator, Andrew Nowak, is seduced by a bombshell internet bride. The mysterious and wealthy Audra soon consumes the twenty year-old boy’s imagination, a welcome distraction from his needy mother and sister. Wild and hilarious adventures await Andy in Lithuania when he sells his possessions to follow Audra abroad. But he soon finds himself trapped penniless in her world of illness, regret and sex. Stumbling backwards into a romance he never sees coming, Andy must deal with Audra’s narcissism and grapple to understand her, a struggle that just might destroy him.
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“The Parabola of a Single Bullet Shot into the Night Sky,” short fiction, “Open Heart Chicago: An Anthology of Chicago Writing,” Oct 16, 2021.
“Repatriated from Peru: An Interview With Artist Denise Bellezzo,” interview, Untoward Magazine, May 14, 2020
“Which Normal Do We Long For,” essay, ReImagining, April 22, 2020
“Find the Bigotry,” essay, ReImagining, December 9, 2019
“Embracing the Beauty of Being Fake,” essay, Vilnius Review, October 10, 2019
“Want to be Radical? Be Sincere,” essay, LitReactor, October 9, 2019
“Marquette Park: Members Only,” essay, The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook, forthcoming September, 2019.
“It All Ends in A Shriek,” fiction, Between the Covers Bookstore Erotica Anthology, Spring, 2018
“Visits,” fiction, Hypertext Magazine, spring, 2018
“An American Imposter,” essay, ReImagining Magazine, June 15, 2016
“Nakamura Reality, by Alex Austin” book review, Heavy Feather Review, May 10, 2016
“Nothing Extraordinary, Nothing of Note” fiction, St. Petersburg Review, autumn 2015
“The Evening We Shared Snowflakes” and “Grassland”, poetry translations, Quarterly West, February 2015.
“If You’re Not Fit For College, What are You Fit For”, essay, STIR Journal, January, 2015.
“Gint Aras Reviews Dragomoshchenko” book review, St Petersburg Review, February 2014
“Displacing Forces” non-fiction, Dialogo, Issue 15, October 2012
“Cicero Story,” short fiction, Curbside Splendor, Issue 3, Spring 2012
“Krikštynos,” non-fiction, Šiaurės Atenai, April 8, 2011
“Baptism Party” non-fiction, Antique Children, “Revolt of the Underdog” May 31, 2011
“Suokalbis, Pagyrimas ir Apraudojimas” non-fiction, Šiaurės Atenai, Nr. 30 (1000) August 13, 2010
“A Dialogue on José Lezama Lima” short fiction, Antique Children, “The Duende Issue”
“The Great Fires of October 8, 1871” short fiction, Criminal Class Review, Volume 4 No 1
“Another Covenant” short fiction, Antique Children, “The SPIT Issue”, Spring 2010
“Post-Punk Fortune” short fiction, Criminal Class Review, Volume 3 No 4, July 2010
“That Fateful Saturday,” first chapter of Finding the Moon in Sugar, The Hell Gate Review
“Please Buy and Read Georgi Gospodinov’s ‘Natural Novel’ Immediately”, review, Transcript
“In a Room Full of Candles” non-fiction, Square One, No. 5 May 2007 (no longer available)