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Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning Summary
Donald Barthelme

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Introduction

Donald Barthelme was one of a number of experimentalists writing in the 1960s, and he was heavily influenced by earlier experimental writers, from the eighteenth-century novelist Laurence Sterne to James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges in the twentieth century. Barthelme and such Writers as John Barth, Joseph Heller, Ken Kesey, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tom Wolfe played with fictional forms, language, representation, and established literary norms. Their work was given a variety of labels-black humor, metafiction, surfiction, superfiction, irrealism-that attempted to describe the ways that the authors used language. "Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning," a story in Barthelme's 1968 collection of short fictions Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts, consists of twenty-four scenes, or Vignettes, that concern Robert Kennedy, a then-powerful political figure. These vignettes are less "story-like" than they are like the work of Karsh of Ottawa, a famous portrait photographer, who explains in the story's...

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