Angst, Expatriates, Humor, Postmodernism, Stories
Minutes from Pragma is a collection of twelve pieces--a memoir, five short stories, and six short-shorts--exploring ways in which estranged characters may find refuge from chaos and entropy. These stories attempt to deal with bleakness and despair through playfulness and humor. In Enterprise Carolina: A Capsule Review, time has stopped, but somehow everyday life goes on as usual. In Errands, children work in razorblade factories. In Roadblock, the narrator lives with a relative who repeatedly sets his possessions on fire. The collection concentrates on hardship and alienation, but suggests ways in which characters may confront and endure hard times. Characters' attempts to connect with others sometimes fail, but the characters themselves persevere--they read, hold hands, even treat one other kindly. In these ways, they fashion temporary shelters from the frustrations and horrors of the world.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Angst; Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Colombia; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Martinez, Juan M., "Minutes From Pragma" (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 105.