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Wielding surreal imagery

Wielding surreal imagery

In Mark Z. Danielewski's new graphic novella “The Fifty Year Sword,” an ominous character called the Story Teller at a Halloween party in East Texas tells five orphans, “I am a bad man with a very black heart,” as he recounts his arduous journey to find the most terrible weapon. At his feet lies a box with five latches that may or may not contain a sword that exacts a horrible price. The festivities take place at the house of the 112-year-old Mose Dettledown, more a ghost than anything else. Chintana, a Thai seamstress recently betrayed by her husband, attends the party out of social obligation, fending off the lecherous moves of the local grandees. The first...

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