Not only is this volume in the Journal of Experimental Fiction series a tribute to great French-American novelist and Holocaust survivor Raymond Federman by more than friends, colleagues, and admirers, including Jerome Klinkowitz, Charles Bernstein, Ronald Sukenick, Larry McCaffery, Doug Rice, Lance Olsen, and Mark Amerika, to name just a few, but it also features unpublished fiction by Raymond Federman himself, from early work during his years as a student at Columbia University to a long excerpt from his current novel-in-progress. For those unfamiliar with the work of Raymond Federman, this anthology will be a wonderful and fun introduction to this incredible and important figure in contemporary fiction. For those already familar with Raymond Federman’s work, this is an invaluable addition to the body of scholarship published on his work, and is furthermore a great testament to how deeply his work has influenced other major figures in contemporary literature.
About the Editor
Eckhard Gerdes has published books of poetry, drama, and fourteen books of fiction, including the novels Hugh Moore (for which he was awarded an &Now Award) and My Landlady the Lobotomist (a top five finisher in the 2009 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and nominated for the 2009 Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel of the Year). He has also won the Bissell Award, been a finalist for the Starcherone and the Blatt awards, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. His most recent books are a tongue-in-cheek work of creative nonfiction, How to Read (Guide Dog Books); a novel, White Bungalows (Dirt Heart Pharmacy Press); and a collection, Three Plays (Black Scat Books). He lives in Aurora, Illinois, and has three sons and three grandsons. None of them are named Robbie, Chip, or Ernie.