Surreal. Savage. And cinematic. Flamingos in the Ashtray is the collection of some truly weird stories by Zoltán Komor, a young Hungarian author, who lately began to translate his works into English and has published them in several literary magazines. Discover a world, where everything is possible: A young man while sipping his tea in the morning, finds a small, two inchSurreal. Savage. And cinematic. Flamingos in the Ashtray is the collection of some truly weird stories by Zoltán Komor, a young Hungarian author, who lately began to translate his works into English and has published them in several literary magazines. Discover a world, where everything is possible: A young man while sipping his tea in the morning, finds a small, two inch long naked female corpse on the bottom of the cup, becomes a killer suspect, and later a judge reads out his verdict from the tea leaves. A girl gets raped by a hunter, and later gives birth to a wounded deer with bullets in its body that she then has to protect from her hungry parents.A boy's head turns into microphone, so when his girlfriend whispers her secrets into his ear, her words echoes through the city. In this strange world, an old veteran discovers tiny enemy soldiers in the sugar bowl, and the dentist has a small garden where he plants the pulled out teeth like they were seeds and plastic horses grown from them, which he can sell for funfairs. (The only problem is, when children ride these painted steeds, their small teeth begin to rot with every round.) Strange events take place in the author's homeland too, where evil horses from the sky terrorizes the people of a small Hungarian village, and an old witch turns into a pork on a pig slaughter after putting the dead animal's teeth into her mouth. Moving to foreign lands, some weird western pushes the book slightly into dark pulp territory. Meet Necrosheriff, the decaying corpse, shooting scavenger beetles from his gun; an old phonograph regurgitates burial-music, as he rides into the sunset – girls begin to shake from pleasure from seeing the never wilting cadaveric rigidness. Or meet the fat Chickenbone Mary, who decides to build herself a husband from chicken bones. And also, there's the shoeshine boy from the title giving story, who tries to make a living by stealing his clients feet in a mad, dystopian city, where poor people are fed by a helicopter with the dead animals from the zoo, the strippers are so despaired, that they even take of their flesh and the devil rides a bus with electric chairs. So take a seat. Otherwise you are blocking the drivers view....
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flamingos in the ashtray 25 bizarro short stories Reviews
This is a great collection of really short fictions by a brand new talent from Hungary. Bizarro is a largely an American phenomenon at this point, with a few authors scattered in other former British Imperial dominions, but it is very refreshing to see a new take from a guy whose country doesn't really have a Bizarro tradition at this point. He's blazing a trail in the former Eastern Bloc, and that's very promising. The stories contained in Flamingos in the Ashtray are truly weird. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, but always unsettlingly bizarre. I'd recommend this to fans of Revert, Prunty, D.H. Wilson, and Fracalossy, or fans of generally surreal absurdism. A promising debut! Can't wait for his next one!
A grand work. A writer I want to read more from.
Flamingos in the Ashtray is fun and thought-provoking, focusing heavily on abstractions and imagery, with narratives that are downright break-neck, and mind-bending.Essentially, these stories are modern, irrealist fairy tales. From stories like Chicken-Bulbs, about (among other things) a little girl with a door in her mouth, who wants to find her true love behind that oral passage, Chickenbone Mary about (among other things) a woman who only gets excited by chicken meat, but yearns for a husband...So, guess what she does? Necrosheriff was a great irrealist Parable about (among other things) a dead sheriff that won't dismount his horse. These stories are flash fiction pieces, for the most part, but there is enough sub-text, layers, and poetic lines that I found myself rereading stories, two and three times.I first discovered Zoltán Komor over on Bizarrocentral's Flash Fiction Fridays with the story, Spell of the Game (included in this collection), and was excited to read this collection, and will hopefully be reading more from Komor in the years to come.If you like Wol-vriey, Douglas Hackle, Bradley Sands, D. Harlan Wilson (among others) you will love this book.
Flamingos in the Ashtray is the first bizarro fiction I've ever had the pleasure to stumble upon, and I have to admit that I am hooked. What an amazingly haunting collection of short stories, especially Necrosheriff (my personal favorite)I can't wait to read Zoltan's next book.
Colorful, funny, odd and entertaining. My favorites:Chicken BulbsFlamingos in the AshtrayPillow-PyreChickenbone MaryThe Great Washing DaySpell of the Game