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"Lord of the Barnyard is an arctic blast of fresh air and a far cry from the formulaic writing so prevelant in much contemporary fiction . . . [a] memorable, ambitious debut." San Francisco Chronicle
Lord of the Barnyard
Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Corn Belt
978-0-8021-3672-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2000
Tristan Egolf is a young writer of astonishing prowess and imagination, already the subject of one of the most intriguing publishing stories of recent years. Rejected by form letter by over seventy U.S. publishers, he was discovered busking to pay his rent on the Pont des Arts in Paris. Since then, he has gone on to win high praise all over the world, being placed in such august company as William Faulkner, Lawrence Norfolk, J. P. Donleavy, Thomas Pynchon, and John Kennedy Toole. His debut novel, Lord of the Barnyard, has been hailed by the Times Literary Supplement as “a harsh, strange brew, disarming in its rich-ness” and “a fecund and captivating work, distinguished by its color, exuberance, cohesion and inventiveness.” It is the manic, painfully funny story of a town’s dirty laundry and a garbagemen’s strike that lets it all hang out.
Lord of the Barnyard begins with the death of a woolly mammoth in the last Ice Age and concludes with a greased-pig chase at a funeral in the modern-day Midwest. In the interim there are two hydroelectric dam disasters, fourteen tavern brawls, one shoot-out in the hills, three cases of probable arson, a riot in the town hall, a lone tornado, a coven of Methodist crones, an encampment of Appalachian crop thieves, six renegade coal-truck operators, an outraged mob of factory rats, a dysfunctional poultry plant, and one autodidact goat-roping farm boy by the name of John Kaltenbrunner.
Lord of the Barnyard is a brilliantly comic tapestry of a Middle America populated by assembly-line drones and poultry-plant neck-slicers, measuring into shot glasses the fruits of years of quiet desperation on the factory floor. It is a plea for nothing more than the minimal respect owed to the most forgotten blue-collar workers of the global proletariat, and a word of warning that respect denied can go much farther than postal. An unforgettable story delivered at dizzy heights of linguistic invention, Lord of the Barnyard introduces a new, uniquely American literary voice who has already won acclaim around the world.