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Wiseblood Books fosters works of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and philosophy that find redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; dare an unflinching gaze at human beings as “political animals”; and suffer through this world’s trials without forfeiting hope.

Our dock serves as harbor to diverse vessels of literature: minimalist or stream of consciousness; philosophical thriller or epistolary novel; collection of vignettes or thousand-page opus; formalist poetry or political memoir; journalistic essays or academic scholarship. We seek contemporary fiction and poetry that inhabits the veins of such epic works as Homer’s Iliad,Virgil’s Aeneid, and Dante’s Divine Comedy; of works as demanding as Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! or Herman Broch’s The Death of Virgil; of works as historically-conscious as Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago or Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour; of works as panoramic and polyphonic as Brian Jobe’s Birds Nest in Your Hair and Dostoevsky’s Demons; of verse devoted to the preservation of form in an age of unmaking; of works as complexly comic as David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest or Flannery O’ Connor’s Wise Blood. Our devotion to the life of the mind makes us watchful for works that reach the roots of fundamental questions, that turn to the almost three-thousand-year-long conversations committed to these questions, and that incite our hunger for the splendor of truth.

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