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2021 Faculty Publications

January 18, 2022
Book cover of The Death of H.L. Hix
Book cover of The Death of H.L. Hix

The Death of H. L. Hix (Serving House Books, 2021)

By H.L. Hix

With his debut novel, The Death of H. L. Hix, the poet, essayist, critic, and philosopher H. L. Hix—not to be confused with the titular H. L. Hix, deceased—makes a brilliant and, thankfully, pre-mortem entrance into the world of fiction.  Look beyond the campus satire that sets this story into motion, beyond the comedy of errors that leads to H. L. Hix’s demise; look past the exquisitely and deliciously detailed ordinariness of H. L. Hix’s origins and everyman ways; pay little attention to the fact that H. L. Hix’s corpse resides in Wyoming, or that it’s as American a cadaver as was Louis L’Amour’s, and you will discover beating at the center of this literary post-mortem the afterlife of a Russian soul, very likely reincarnated from a philologist that breathed mostly irony. I’m tempted to call H. L. Hix Count Lev of Laramie. I’m tempted to say after reading this gem of a novel, “The Death of Ivan who?” Hix’s The Death of H. L. Hix is such a joy to read—so cleverly constructed, so gorgeously written, so sharp and wry, amusing and insightful—it deserves to be read and reread and passed around from reader to reader until the paper on which it is printed dissolves into thin air. 

                      — David Grand, author of Mount Terminus


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