Why “The Balloon” is the strangest, yet most intriguing short story of the post world war II era. Complete summary of Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Balloon. Dive deep into Donald Barthelme’s The Balloon with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.

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It is the extreme means by which Barthelme attempts to reach this truth that makes his fiction barthe,me difficult. The entire collection deals with a number of specific subjects, including the relationship between war and mechanized society; the search for meaning in politics, art, science, and personal relationships; the privacy of love; and the failure of language.

The Balloon

Caligari appeared inhis short fiction balloonn both much complained about and much imitated. Newer Post Older Post Home. The term “postmodernist” is difficult to define. Shauna rated it liked it Aug 21, Also I just really love the balloon as a choice of metaphor or I suppose this could be seen as a literal art piece within a piece of fiction as wellit just brings such, sorry for repeating myself, soft whimsy to something that could otherwise be made into something complicated and dense.

Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Donaod Mississippi.


Each is another level of metaphor, a description of experience, clarifying the one before. This was a gentle and almost convincing glimpse into another person’s opinion.

To study fiction then is to study the processes by which bagthelme itself is created.

Postmodern, lyrical and light, as light as a very large feather our tale begins with a narrator telling us he engineered a balloon expanding twenty city blocks nor A memorable postmodern, metafictional snapper straight from the outrageous imagination of Donald Barthelme.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what is the purpose?

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About Me Charles May. Readers schooled in the realistic tradition of the nineteenth-century novel found Donald Barthelme tough reading indeed. If reality is itself a process of fictional creation by metaphor-making man, then the modern writer who wishes to barthrlme about reality can truthfully only write about that very process.

Join me on Twitter Follow CharlesCmay. One of Barthelme’s richest stories from this volume is “The Balloon.

Amelia rated it liked it Aug 17, To paraphrase Barthelme, it offers the possibility and the process of interpretation, where at “any intersection” one ballooj react in any number of ways. In the end most people cope with the balloon pragmatically, and it becomes a meeting place. It lacks an absolute and fixed meaning as it simultaneously elicits a variety of responses and bwrthelme.

And, also, can be located via a Google search. The participant or viewer then becomes an artist who constructs or manipulates whatever responses the balloon elicits. Some people find it fascinating and argue about its meaning. Preview — The Balloon by Donald Barthelme. I donapd it o Patrick’s Day 1 St. Once back, he continued his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy.


I have submitted a proposal to a publisher and am waiting for a reply. According to the basic paradigm that underlies this movement–grounded on European phenomenology and structuralism and further developed in psychology, anthropology, and sociology–“everyday reality” itself is the result of a bartehlme process whereby new data are selectively accepted blloon metaphorically mutated to fit preexisting schemas and categories.

Reading Alice Munro’s “What is Remembered”. Henry Award Stories 2 O. The underlying assumption is that the forms of art are explainable by the laws of art; literary language is not a proxy for something else, but rather an object of study itself. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

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