“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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Be the first to ask a question about Concerning the Bodyguard. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 06, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Let me begin with an admission: Why did Doanld write this? Is there a deeper, underlying meaning I should be grasping?

I mean, take a look at the three bodygua Let me begin with an admission: I mean, take a look at the three bodyguards in the above photo. Do these gentleman strike you as members of the literary scene or art crowd? I was on the cusp of moving on to the next piece in my Penguin collection of forty Barthelme stories, but then, fanfare with horns — Salman Rushdie to the rescue. After listening to Salman read and discuss the story link belowI have blended my own reflections with his and have come up with the following themes and highlights any reader can have fun considering: 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.

Does anybody in the crowd look like they have a weapon?

Is there a sniper on a rooftop or at an open window in one of the buildings? Nearly every sentence in the story is posed as a question. Who is asking all of these questions? Is it the bodyguard himself or Donald Barthelme as he writes the story? Or, are we as readers being asked these questions? It appears the bodygjard of the questioner can slide from bodyguard to author to reader, back and forth, and, on occasion, can embrace all three.


As Salman observes, many of the questions doncerning rhetorical and answer themselves. Does this story contain an event? Yes, there is a definite event, the cause of much celebration with champagne, but the event is submerged well beneath the surface.

I agree with Salman Rushdie — Donald Barthelme is one of the few authors where indirection and obscurity can be employed as a definite virtue. And there was a time bodygard his life when Salman had his own direct experience with bodyguards and members of the secret police so he speaks with authority when he observes that a bodyguard is doing their job when nothing happens, when there is no drama.

No drama means a job well done – barthelne the opposite of a fiction writer! In the next to last paragraph we read: Now the bodyguard can quickly be faced with an explosion of violence.

Thus, does this short tale become an instance of postmodern absurdity in form rather than in bartnelme

“Concerning the Bodyguard” — Donald Barthelme

A Reader’s Comfort Zone: Stated another way, when reading such an oddly constructed story, are we being asked to expand our literary horizons?

We come to know in small measure the personal life of an individual bodyguard as he goes about doing his job but is this really adequate?

Perhaps Donald Barthelme is asking us to be as cool and as removed as an actual bodyguard! Empty champagne bottles overflow garbage cans throughout the entire country. Bad news for the bodyguard since the prime question is: Link to Donald Barthelme’s Concerning the Bodyguard: View all 18 comments.

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Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 in journalism.

Instill a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post.

Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War inarriving Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War inarriving in Korea on July 27, the very day the cease-fire ending the war was signed.

He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U.

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Once back, he continued his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy. Although he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. Barthelme’s relationship with his father was a struggle between a rebellious son and a demanding father. In later years they would have tremendous arguments about the kinds of literature in which Barthelme was interested and wrote.

While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools. 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.

Barthelme’s independence also shows in his moving away from the family’s Roman Catholicism his mother was especially devouta separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father. He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures.

He married four times. His second wife, Helen Barthelme, later wrote a biography entitled Donald Barthelme: The Genesis of a Cool Soundpublished in With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the end of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate.

Marion and Donald remained wed until his death from throat cancer.

Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi. Books by Donald Barthelme.