praise for the writing of
-New Writing (UK)
"A persuasive narrative voice similar to John Banville and Paul Auster."
(on "The Watch")
-The King's English
"The closest experience one can have to what it is actually like to write like Nabokov."
(on "Dim Conflagration")
(on "Seven Dreams Under the Knife")
"You have generated a lot of discussion among our pool of readers."
-American Short Fiction
"Mesmerizing. Wonderful writing and material."
(on "Under the Suns of a Million Everests")
"A very good story. . . it felt like good journalism."
(on "What We Have Seen Waiting for the War to End")
Nomadic Press :
"Shortly through the second part entitled "Memory," Detman’s writing style and skill at storytelling explode viciously . . . I became totally absorbed . . .This is a novel that will stick with you because of its poetical means of exploring the human condition and Detman's uncanny ability to weave beautiful, and haunting, imagery."
Publishers Weekly :
"Detman pulls together various forms and styles in an ambitious novel composed of transcripts, letters, and footnotes, told in sharp prose. [...] The best scenes focus on the intimate details and relationships between the characters. Detman's stylistic choices succeed in the moments when Harry's memories and Basher's documents blur into the present, layering various methods of storytelling to create a fresh and intriguing work."
"His arm grows numb. He extends his fingers as a pleasant chill spreads down one side of his body, then down the other. He is sure he is passing out. He is submerged. The shot bolts through him. The word insignificant echoes from nowhere. He wrenches, tenses, until he can’t feel anymore.
Gem speaks, and Harry turns to face him, but he can’t understand the words."
"Before the snow pack hindered him, gently even, and sucked him in like a wave, he began his reckoning. His twisted ankle sent him off the ice shelf into the house deep snows where a silence unlike anything he’s ever known, reigns."
Robert Detman has published short fiction, essays, and book reviews in over fifty publications. In print, these include Antioch Review, Pleiades, Santa Monica Review, Southeast Review, and The Southampton Review. Among fine online literary journals, his work has appeared in Akashic Books Thursdaze, Decomp, Elimae, Fjords Review, Juked, Newfound, New Orleans Review, Spork Press, The Smart Set, Word Riot, and others. His short stories have been finalists for the New Letters Literary Awards and nominated for the Best of the Net . A story collection, The Survivor’s Guide, was a semifinalist for the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press. As well, he has written journalism for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Yahoo!. He is a regular contributor to Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Superstition Review Blog. He has attended writing conferences at the Abroad Writers’ Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working with novelist Chris Abani, and, most recently, at the Virginia Quarterly Review, working with Amy Hempel. He received an MFA from Goddard College, and holds a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan.
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[new and forthcoming]
The Tusculum Review "The Miseducation of an Architect"
[selected print fiction]
Vol. XIII, Issue 25
Vol. 70, No. 1
"Under the Suns
Santa Monica Review
"This is America"
"It Was a Tree
That Saved Me"
Timber Journal "Social(ly) Media(ted) Diptych"
Akashic Books Thursdaze "First Time, Last Time"
Superstition Review "Fire" [Finalist, 2007 New Letters Literary Awards]
[Finalist, 2008 New Letters Literary Awards]
Burningword Literary Journal "Object / Multiple Singularities / Be Here Now"
Driftwood “The Watch”
Gravel Magazine The Other Animals"
Haarp / Hexagon Press “Of Kafka"
Literary Orphans “The Trials of the Father”
Pitkin Revew “Harry Obscured”
Sein und Werden "Cogitations on Self"
S/Word "Cyclical" and "Methodology of Protest"
The Bacon Review “Storage Room"
The Greensilk Journal “Smell the Coffee”
The Higgs Weldon "Kim Jong-un's Unread E-mails"
21 Stars Review and Anthology “What You Catch a Glimpse of, Forget As Soon”
[selected print essays and reviews]
Pleiades Book Review
Vol. 15, No. 1
Kitchen Sink Magazine
Vol. 3, Issue 1
"The Amorphous Writing Community"
[essays, reviews and interview]
The Smart Set "Lost in Drawing: Misadventures in Deconstruction"
New Orleans Review Everything We Don't Know
New City Weekly Hand to Mouth
Nomadic Press Einstein’s Beach House
Rain Taxi Sunland
There’s a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From
West of Here
A Thousand Deaths Plus One
Vain Art of the Fugue
Review 31 "Beyond Good and Evil"
România Literarã Foundation Vain Art of the Fugue
Superstition Review Blog "The Necessity of Writing (and Reading)"
"From Journal into Blog: Seven Years of Writing on Writing"
The King's English “Dim Conflagration”
Trop Magazine "Schadenfreude Unlimited!" and "Existentialisms"
The Hudson Prize, Black Lawrence Press, 2013 "The Survivor’s Guide (Stories)" Semi-finalist
Abroad Writers' Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand Fellowship Award
The Virginia Quarterly Review Writers Conference Participant
"In his bright glasses every word is inches away, overwhelming. Sometimes her words are magnified, too. As if he’s speeding up, at the edge of the universe, ever expanding. As if aware now of what he didn’t know that he wanted. The brief rain rapping the windows, bills paid in full, a seat on a never empty bus."