Randolph Splitter


Randolph Splitter's novel The Ramadan Drummer has just been published (Pandamoon, Dec. 2017). In Portland, Oregon, it is available at the Multnomah County Library, Broadway Books, and Another Read Through. It's also available on Amazon or through your local bookstore. After a reading at Third Place Books in Seattle, Splitter will do additional readings at Upshur Street Books in Washington, DC, and Another Read Through in Portland. Stay tuned for more.

Splitter has previously published two books, the novella/​story collection Body and Soul (Creative Arts) and a psychoanalytic study of Marcel Proust from Routledge & Kegan Paul. He’s also written prize-winning screenplays and made short films.

His short stories have appeared in such places as the Chicago Quarterly Review, JewishFiction.net, and Akashic Books’ Mondays are Murder series.
 
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College; earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley; taught literature, creative writing, and composition for many years at Caltech and De Anza College; and edited the national literary magazine Red Wheelbarrow for ten of those years.

His parents fled Vienna, Austria, in the late 1930s. They and their relatives settled in England, Argentina, Australia, and Israel as well as the United States. He himself grew up on Long Island but has spent his entire adult life on the West Coast, mostly in California but more recently in Portland. He was married for twenty-five years, with two daughters who now have children of their own. His first wife died, and he later married again, to a librarian at a nearby university.

When he’s not writing, he’s either reading, playing tennis, enjoying food or wine or a Northwest-style IPA, or exercising his social conscience.

Selected Works

Novel
a wryly comic coming-of-age story that uses the model of our smart, sensitive primate cousins to take a closer look at adolescence, masculinity, and what it means to be human
a literary mystery about home, abandonment, and disconnection triggered by the discovery of a near-dead newborn in a trash can
Randolph Splitter's The Ramadan Drummer opens as a conventional (but compelling) mystery... At the same time, Splitter's mystery goes much deeper. In his novel, he explores questions of faith and fanaticism—and of love's ability to transcend both... The book soars because of its honest engagement with human complexity. —Mark Brazaitis, author of many books of fiction and poetry, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, Julia & Rodrigo, and Truth Poker
      The Ramadan Drummer is an ingenious detective novel set in the contact zone of cultures in an unnamed American city, where violence is always possible but where humanity endures. Splitter tackles the great issues of our time with wit and vision, and I couldn’t put this novel down. —Elizabeth Mckenzie, author of Stop That Girl, MacGregor Tells the World, and The Portable Veblen

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