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Leithauser, Brad

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(1953-    ) US poet and author whose sf novel, Hence (1989), is a near-future Fabulation – itself told as from a point considerably further into the future – in which a boy plays against a Computer for the world Chess championship, the style and matter of the tale being at times reminiscent of the work of Vladimir Nabokov. Seaward (1993) is a ghost story. The Friends of Freeland (1997) is a Satire set on an Archipelago nation-state located along the trans-Atlantic fault line between Iceland and Greenland; it is clear that Iceland has provided Leithauser with his basic model, and the attempts of Freeland's rulers to oppose the ravages of modernization seem (at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century) doomed in advance, though a version of this land seems to survive, spectrally, in The Promise of Elsewhere (2019). [JC]

Brad Leithauser

born Detroit, Michigan: 27 February 1953

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