Edmond Caldwell – Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant

Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant
Fiction / General

280 pages

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5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
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ISBN-13: 978-0615577951 / ISBN-10: 0615577954
LCCN: 2011945687

Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant

He might be the dead-end flâneur of non-places like highway rest stops, airport terminals, and shopping malls, or he might be a Gitmo-bound enemy of the state. He might be the son of American working-class parents, or he might be the cousin of a Middle Eastern revolutionary the US labels a terrorist. He might be in possession of a lost Beckett play, or he might just have to go to the bathroom a lot.

“He” is the nameless hero of Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant, and he’s probably no more than a pronoun. With a looping itinerary that takes us from St. Petersburg, Russie to Salem, Massachusetts, from the Palestinian Nakba to a plot to replace New Yorker critic James Wood with a shadowy look-alike, Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant might just be the novel that explodes mainstream, corporate “literary fiction” from the inside out.

Praise for Edmond Caldwell’s Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant

“These ‘anti-stories about In Between places’ bristle with vibrant, fact-filled paranoia and good, old-fashioned self-deprecation, making constant, unexpected turns at breakneck pace. From St. Petersburg to Palestine, from coffin-shaped Joseph Cornell boxes to Monty Python doing Beckett, from reflections on the onslaught of Taylorism to violent, youthful misreadings ofAnimal Farm, the pure writerly intensity of the material, and the audacious panache of each new sentence, never for a moment flag.”
–Jacob Wren, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed

“Literary squatter . . . saboteur . . . an unreadable run-on paragraph . . . and unpublished, and, evidently, unpublishable novel.”
–Norah Piehl, Director of Communications, Boston Book Festival

“Edmond Caldwell is right . . .”
–James Wood

About the Author

Edmond Caldwell got a literature PhD from Tufts University in 2002 and then decided he would prefer not to. Since then his fiction has appeared in West Wind ReviewMad Hatters’ ReviewHarp & AltarAcappella ZooPear Noir!,Lamination ColonyPrick of the SpindleDIAGRAMJuked, and elsewhere. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his short play, The Liquidation of the Cohn Estate, was produced in the 2009 Boston Theater Marathon. Human Wishes / Enemy Combatant (Say It With Stones, 2012) is his first published novel. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.