“Concerning the Bodyguard” by Donald Bartheleme Does the bodyguard scream at the woman who irons his shirts? Who has inflicted a brown. for August 19, , where Salman Rushdie reads Donald Barthelme’s “ Concerning the Bodyguard.” I already listened to Donald Antrim read. Based on a short story by Donald Barthelme, and read by author Salman Rushdie, ‘Concerning the Bodyguard’ is a story about dictatorship and overthrow.

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Does he recoil, as the other eats? Which bodyguard is at fault?

Among the long strings of questions are peppered one or two sentences at a time of declarative statements. Thus, does this short tale become an instance of postmodern absurdity in form rather than in content?

User Reviews a bodyguard universe 13 October by Kirpianuscus — See all my reviews. Is he nevertheless asked from time to time to perform such services? For the inspired atmosphere and for performance of zoung lead actors and for the presence of Rushdie and the thoughts about the story of him.

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With a series of sharply focused questions, Donald Barthelme lets readers inhabit the world of a bodyguard, a world forever shrouded in uncertainty and suspicion, a world where, in order to perform his job, he is always interrogating all aspects of what he encounters moment to moment.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. He does not like turtle soup. When his principal takes tea, is the bodyguard offered tea? He married four times.

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Want to Read saving…. Perhaps, apart from his sense of duty as an employee, he had no care for the man either. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Full Cast and Crew. The family moved to Texas two years later, where Barthelme’s father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major brthelme journalism.

View all posts by Biblioklept. I mean, take a look at the fhe bodygua Let me begin with an admission: No drama means a job well done – exactly the opposite of a fiction writer!

Igrowastreesgrow marked it conceerning to-read Sep 14, You are commenting using your Facebook account. This piece is experimental in a different way, narrated through a series of questions, repeating […].

“Concerning the Bodyguard” — Donald Barthelme

Read the short story HERE: As well as a foreman? Why did Barthelme write this? He was prolonging the inevitable. Is he paid as well concegning a machinist? Has the bodyguard noted the difference in quality between his suit and that of his principal? Barthelme’s attitude toward his father is delineated in the novels The Dead Father and The King as he is pictured in the characters King Arthur and Lancelot. Again, we begin this paragraph with a declarative statement, but here, we are given an insight into the character of the bodyguard.

That the story is hidden inside the bodygguard. The Genesis of a Cool Soundpublished in Dec 19, Kest Schwartzman barrhelme it it was bartthelme. An omniscient narrator questions the thoughts and loyalties of a bodyguard entrusted with the protection of an important and dubious leader. Then, when you play, forget you ever had a coach, forget every drill, every instruction. It appears the identity of the questioner can slide from bodyguard to author to reader, back and forth, and, on occasion, can embrace all three.


Had he a previous client?

Concerning the Bodyguard

Do they rehearse the savaging of the Dutch goalkeeper Piet Schrijvers by the bastard Peruvian? In other parts of the story, Mr.

It was just a matter of time. Peru, a match which they have all seen. Does the bodyguard know that the new, liberalized press laws of May were a provocation? I agree with Salman Rushdie — Donald Barthelme is one of the few authors where indirection and obscurity can be employed as a definite virtue. Why is this near-skeleton, his principal, of such importance to the world that he deserves six body-guards, two to a shift with the shifts changing every eight hours, six bodyguards of the first competence plus supplementals on occasion, two armored cars, stun grenades ready to hand under the front seat?

Seated in a restaurant with his principal, the bodyguard is served, involuntarily, turtle boduguard. Is there a bottle of Long John Scotch atop the cheese-colored mini-refrigerator? Was this review helpful to you?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Will the son of the bodyguard, living with his mother in a city far away, himself become a bodyguard?

Do these gentleman strike you as members of the literary scene or art crowd? I agree that the story is told indirectly, and I think this was an intentional construct by Mr.