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The three long stories in this volume show the range and virtuosity
of Italy's most imaginative writer. "Like Jorge Luis Borges and
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Italo Calvino dreams perfect dreams for us"
(John Updike, New Yorker).Translated by William Weaver and
Archibald Colquhoun. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Ten of Ahmed Fagih's best short stories are included in this memorable collection, providing a reading experience that is both entertaining and socially relevant. Although focusing on contemporary themes such as the conflict between self and society, and the tension between conservative concepts and modern values, Fagih retains his signature style of writing. Always poetic, with a characteristic mixture of illusion and reality, the author brings to western culture stories that have delighted Arabic audiences for years.
"Wonderful, mind-expanding stuff, and well written too."-The Guardian Axiomatic is a wonderful collection of eighteen short stories by Hugo Award-winning author Greg Egan. The stories in this collection have appeared in such science fiction magazines as Interzone and Asimov's between 1989 and 1992. From junkies who drink at the time-stream to love affairs in time-reversed galaxies; from gene-altered dolphins that converse only in limericks to the program that allows you to design your own child; from the brain implants called axiomatics to the strange attractors that spin off new religions; from bioengineering to the new physics; and from cyberpunk to the electronic frontier, Greg Egan's future is frighteningly close to our own present. Included in this collection are such wonderful stories as: "Axiomatic" "Into Darkness" "The Safe-Deposit Box" "Blood Sisters" And many more! Axiomatic is the perfect collection for any science fiction fan, especially one who enjoys Greg Egan's work. The stories are imaginative and insightful, and written only the way that Greg Egan can do so. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
"Nine Inches," Tom Perrotta's first true collection, features ten stories--some sharp and funny, some mordant and surprising, and a few intense and disturbing. Whether he's dropping into the lives of two teachers--and their love lost and found--in "Nine Inches," documenting the unraveling of a dad at a Little League game in "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," or gently marking the points of connection between an old woman and a benched high school football player in "Senior Season," Perrotta writes with a sure sense of his characters and their secret longings.
"Nine Inches" contains an elegant collection of short fiction: stories that are as assured in their depictions of characters young and old, established and unsure, as any written today.
In the tradition of classic short stories by John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, those in Tom Barbash's evocative collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting an annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party, while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. Barbash laces his narratives with sharp humor, psychological acuity, and pathos, creating deeply resonant and engaging stories that pierce the heart and linger in the imagination.
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. Celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of cutting-edge science fiction from the hit podcast, Escape Pod. Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions of ears all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution. This anthology gathers together fifteen stories, including new and exclusive work from writers such as from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, T. Kingfisher and more. From editors Mur Laffterty and S.B. Divya comes the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is, Escape Pod.
Malcolm Devlin's You Will Grow Into Them is a collection of immaculately written tales that deftly mix darkness with a playful imagination. The results are stories that are as entertaining and humane as they are deeply unsettling. We need more stories in the world like these. Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts Devlin's collection, like Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney before it, is set to become one of the decade's landmarks of English weird. Nina Allan, author of The Race and The Rift This debut collection of stories by Malcolm Devlin is one of the best I've read in years. By turns subtle, tender and brutal, and full of the sort of beauty one only finds in the hear's darkest corner, You Will Grow Into Them made me both jealous and grateful. Stories like this are exactly why I love to read. Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters You Will Grow Into Them is filled with stories that are deceptively simple and perilously elegant. They look like fairy tales, but aren't really - In fact they are best described as a precise alchemy of language. Perfectly pitched, thoroughly disquieting, You Will Grow Into Them is like a light in the darkness that might lead you home or lure you from the path. Malcolm Devlin is one of our finest voices. Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible & Other Recountings The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home. In Malcolm Devlin's debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the mundane. Childhood anxieties manifest as debased and degraded doppelgangers, fungal blooms are harvested from the backs of dancers and lycanthropes become the new social pariahs. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them. Taking weird fiction and horror and bending them into strange and wondrous new shapes, You Will Grow Into Them follows in the grand tradition of Aickman, Ligotti and Vandermeer, reminding us that the mundane world is a much stranger place than it seems.
The inspiration behind `Life of Pi' director Ang Lee's `Brokeback Mountain' is one of the short stories to be found in this haunting collection of Wyoming tales. `Brokeback Mountain' is set in the beautiful, wild landscape of Wyoming where cowboys live as they have done for generations. Hard, lonely lives in unforgiving country. Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar are two ranch hands, glad to have found each other's company where none had been expected. But companionship becomes something else on Brokeback Mountain, something not looked for - an intimacy neither can forget. `Brokeback Mountain' was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Ang Lee, and starred Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway.
Though Charles Portis is best known for his fiction writing, he is also a prolific essayist, travel writer, and newspaper reporter. Collected here in "Escape Velocity," edited by Jay Jennings, is his "miscellany" -- journalism, short fiction, memoir, and even the play "Delray's New Moon," published for the first time in this volume. Portis covers topics as varied as the civil rights movement, road tripping in Baja, and Elvis' s visits to his aging mother for publications such as the "New York Herald Tribune" and "Saturday Evening Post." Fans of Portis's droll Southern humor and quirky characters will be thrilled at this new addition to his library, and those not yet familiar with his work will find a great introduction to him here. Also included are tributes by accomplished authors including Donna Tartt and Ron Rosenbaum.
If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to
know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the
brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller,
Machine of Death.
Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur
when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s.
Admired by George Orwell and W. B. Yeats, the stories include
poignant fairy-tales such as "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish
Giant," the extravagant comedy of "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and
"The Canterville Ghost," and the daring narrative experiments of
"The Portrait of Mr. W. H.," Wilde's fictional investigation into
the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets. John
Sloan's Introduction argues for Wilde's originality and literary
achievement as a short-story writer, emphasizing his literary skill
and sophistication, and arguing for the centrality of Wilde's
shorter fiction in his literary career. The collection includes a
useful and up-to-date bibliography and extensive and helpful
explanatory notes, and an Appendix reprints an important passage
from the book-length version of "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." on the
Neo-Platonic ideal of friendship between men, an important key to
the short story's meaning.
Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. When It Happens to You follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life.
In "The Harvest Moon," a stay-at-home mom grapples with age, infertility, and an increasingly distant husband. In "Ursa Minor," a former children's television star tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for "exhaustion." In "My Olivia," a single mother finds untapped reserves of strength to protect her flamboyant six-year-old son, who wishes only to wear dresses and be called Olivia. And in the devastating title story, a betrayed wife chronicles her pain and alienation, leading to an eviscerating denouement.
An unflinching yet poignant examination of the intricacies of the human heart, When It Happens to You is an auspicious literary debut.
Mo Yan, China's most critically acclaimed author, has changed the
face of his country's contemporary literature with such daring and
masterly novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The
Republic of Wine. In this collection of eight astonishing
stories--the title story of which has been adapted to film by the
award-winning director of Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou--Mo Yan shows why
he is also China's leading writer of short fiction.
A new collection of short stories from the author of My Son's Story. In 16 stories ranging from the dynamics of family life to the worldwide confusion of human values, Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer gives readers access to many lives in places as far apart as suburban London, Mozambique, a mythical island, and South Africa.
These eleven interrelated stories follow strands of hope and nostalgia that bind together, or fence off, the people of Windfall. Eric Shade's fictional western Pennsylvania community is a place we all know: a town bypassed by the interstate, its rail line clogged with coal cars that haven't moved an inch in years. The men of Windfall still vie on the time-honored fields of contest--from bars to bedrooms to football fields--but none is sure any longer what is won or lost. Few certainties linger: the jobs are going fast and the best women are already taken.
In the title story, a group of unskilled laborers rerun memories of youth as they race against the dark to demolish the town's drive-in theater. A chain restaurant will take its place. Naomi dumps Dwight at the altar in "Hoops, Wires, and Plugs," but then Dwight fritters away the shamed agitation that could have propelled him beyond Windfall's stunting gravitational pull. In the final story, "Souvenirs," small-time hoods Paxson and Gus do what so many in Windfall can't: get out of town. They're off to Pittsburgh and a contract killing they hope will kick off a more rewarding life of crime.
In hands less able than Eric Shade's, Windfall's men would be caricatures, screw-ups with all-too-easy access to the makings of tragedy: pills, booze, fast cars, guns, chain saws. Instead their stories give us new ways to ponder change and its consequences. Windfall stakes out a gritty quarter of the literary map shared by Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg and Thornton Wilder's Grover's Corners.
Urban 2 picks up where the previous collection left off: collating and capturing new writing about the current urban experience of young South Africans across the board. Featuring a new writing from a large cross section of South Africans, this collection once again seeks to tap into the mind set and attitudes of what is really happening out there in the streets of this country. It reaches the soft underbelly of the city mind, and reveals that not all is angst, doom and gloom in the South Africa of today.
HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. 'Dear Prince, I must leave you, but I will never forget you, and next spring I will bring you back two beautiful jewels in place of those you have given away. The ruby shall be redder than a red rose, and the sapphire shall be as blue as the great sea.' In 'The Happy Prince' a statue - jewelled and opulent - keeps careful watch over the city and its inhabitants. Enlisting the help of a swallow, his selfless acts bring comfort to those most in need. 'The Nightingale and the Rose' is a tragic tale of personal sacrifice in the name of love, while in 'The Selfish Giant' the end of an eternal winter finally brings springtime and happiness. In this collection of enchanting tales from a master storyteller, Oscar Wilde has entranced readers both young and old since publication in the late nineteenth century.
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