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HEART OF DARKNESS * AN OUTPOST OF PROGRESS * KARAIN * YOUTH The finest of all Conrad's tales, 'Heart of Darkness' is set in an atmosphere of mystery and menace, and tells of Marlow's perilous journey up the Congo River to relieve his employer's agent, the renowned and formidable Mr Kurtz. What he sees on his journey, and his eventual encounter with Kurtz, horrify and perplex him, and call into question the very bases of civilization and human nature. Endlessly reinterpreted by critics and adapted for film, radio, and television, the story shows Conrad at his most intense and sophisticated. The other three tales in this volume depict corruption and obsession, and question racial assumptions. Set in the exotic surroundings of Africa, Malaysia. and the east, they variously appraise the glamour, folly, and rapacity of imperial adventure. This revised edition uses the English first edition texts and has a new chronology and bibliography. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
With these words, Washington Irving expresses the dilemma of every American artist in the nineteenth century. The Sketch-Book (1820-1) looks simultaneously towards audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, as Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. He sketches a series of encounters with the cultural shrines of the parent nation, and in two brilliant experiments with tales transplanted from Europe creates the first classic American short stories, 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow'. The result was not only a hugely successful travel book; it exerted a strong formative influence on American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe to Henry James, and is well worth rediscovery in its own right today. Based on Irving's final revision of his most popular work, this new edition includes comprehensive explanatory notes of The Sketch-Book's sources for the modern reader. In her introduction, Susan Manning suggests that the author forged a new idiom, the 'Literary Picturesque', to accommodate and turn to advantage his dilemma of dual literary allegiances. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The best short fiction of legendary author Glen Cook (The Black Company, the Dread Empire) is collected into a new paperback volume. For over forty years, Glen Cook has been among the most well-known, influential, and widely respected authors in science fiction and fantasy. Through classic series such as The Black Company, Garrett P.I., the Dread Empire, Starfishers, Darkwar, and more, his gritty, down-to-earth style left an indelible impression on his readers around the world, forever shifting the genre landscape and carving out his place as a pioneering icon. The Best of Glen Cook collects eighteen of his greatest stories--as chosen and introduced by the author himself--including a new, never-before-published Black Company novelette. With works set in all of his most famous series, these tales of science fiction and fantasy offer both the perfect way for longtime fans to trace Cook's history and for new readers to become familiar with one of the finest genre authors of the twentieth century.
This collection of stories portrays an Old West that is both fact and fiction. The fifty narratives are written by some of America's finest writers, including Bret Harte, Mark Twain, Jack London, Mary Austin, Ambrose Bierce, Owen Wister, Frederic Remington, Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, O. Henry, and Stewart Edward White.
The reader will delight in comic tales about California charlatans, prostitutes with hearts of gold, tough, taciturn, and honorable cowboys, and heroic cavalrymen. There are razor-sharp stories of settlers struggling to survive in an unforgiving and unknown land and accounts with a rare understanding of the cultures of the American Indian.
" 'Of Course you don't know Tom Merwin, ' said Longley, almost genially. 'Yes, I know about that loan. It hasn't any security except Tom Merwin's word. Somehow, I've always found that when a man's word is good, it's the best security there is.'"-O. Henry, "A Call Loan"
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE TO ALTERNATE WORLDS AND THE NEAR FUTURE IN A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF INTERCONNECTED SHORT STORIES In the title story, Wurts poignantly addresses mortality and what it is to wish. Sandy is in the last throes of life with one final request: Sandy dreams desperately of a visit to the Round Table of King Arthur - an impossible ask, but one which is about to be realized... In Dreambridge, the last tree linking this world to the world of the feys has been brutally attacked. Kirelle, apprentice healer, has been chosen to seek revenge on the humans who thoughtlessly attempted to destroy this sacred tie. But can they be made to understand the gravity of their actions? In Wurts' brilliant Fleet stories, we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of Michael Christopher Jensen Jr. and his numerous encounters with the space-pirate MacKenzie James - a relationship that will leave you wondering who the villain really is.
New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors. Available in summer 2016, Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland 34 is a collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from more than fifty authors - some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.
In Mannequin and Wife, the debut story collection from Jen Fawkes, sharp and imaginative tales trip seamlessly across borderlands, navigating comedy and tragedy, psychological and magical realism, the mundane and the marvelous. Readers of these adventurous fictions will encounter a flock of stenographers, the strongest woman alive, a taxidermist with anger issues, an Elephant Girl, a fairy on her lunch break, and a married couple who live with a department store mannequin. Elsewhere, an American actor impersonates a code-breaking Britisher during World War II. A mother awaiting her son's return discovers his personal ad soliciting the services of a cannibal (and fears the worst). A criminal mastermind's protege plots the destruction of Mount Rushmore from within an extinct volcano. A man buys a drive-in theater and transforms it into a carnival sideshow. And an attorney puzzles over how to leave someone his deceased client's heart. Fawkes's award-winning stories examine the vagaries of human relationships-mother and child, husband and wife, mentor and protege-to tease out the startling complications that arise from our entanglements with those we loathe and those we love.
Sandveldstories is ’n keur uit Ferdinand Deist se gewilde kontreistories uit Pofadder en Peddelford, Die pomporrel-k˘nsert en ander Sandveldstories en Bom Appeltiet op Eselspoort. Die stories, geskryf in tipiese streekstaal, handel oor ’n unieke wŕreld en sy mense, sommige groots soos hul omgewing, of klein en dwaas soos mense ook maar is.
Ferdinand Deist was ’n gesoute storieman en fyn waarnemer. Sy verhale is humoristies en tydloos, sy karakters kleurryk, en sy vertelwyse is soos ’n bontspul vygies wat in ’n dorre landskap uitbars.
Sandveldstories sluit onder meer die volgende stories in:
- “Die oorbesige prekkereer”
- “Die dood van die founmannetjie”
- “Hermaans Askies se opperasie”
- “Die suster m't die sn˘r”
- “Frans en Lakkie se Peddelford”
- “Ta' Anna se wye tanne”
- “Die plaag van Bawel”
- “Petrus se ontydige soenery”
'The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush... I loved every moment of this book.' Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties _____________________ A black light illuminates that which the eye doesn't see, uncovering what is hidden in plain sight. In this raw, compassionate, debut collection Kimberly King Parsons casts light onto the weird, the intimate, the eerie and the sublimely beautiful with unflinching gaze and ferocious eloquence. Over twelve crackling stories, each a glorious escape hatch, she captures the bright ache of first love, the claustrophobic shadows of desire, the obsessive nature of friendship and the rapturous pull of taboo. Filled with a frenetic longing for connection, her reckless yet resilient heroines exhilarate and charm as they pursue the promise of elsewhere. With psychedelic energy and deep humanity, Black Light chews over the messiness of being alive, the unsteadiness of hope and the ecstasies of coming of age.
In simple, darkly faceted stories, Philander Deming writes as a person whose childhood knowledge of the Adirondacks has been honed to a fine sense for its potential human tragedy. In this, the first collection of his best work, a haunting vision of the Adirondacks comes through that is hard to forget. Deming's themes revolve around deception and self-deception, loneliness, and good intentions gone awry. Most of his stories occur just before or after the Civil War. In almost every story, however, Deming shows his characters looking back towards the mountains, from the Mohawk or St. Lawrence Valley or from lonely settlements on the edge of the forest, or across Lake Champlain.
The aim of the project is to stimulate and encourage new writing from the Southern African development corporation (SADC) region and showcase the region's new and young creative writing talent as well as to develop local and regional reading. The award is targeted at young writers who are citizens of any country in the SADC (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
A collection of Christmas stories which highlights the New York Dutch customs and traditions. This text includes The Book of St. Nicholas and the novel The Dutchman's Fable.
A collection of tales set in Pinch, a Jewish community perched on a river bluff above Memphis. Here, wonderful and strange things happen: the angel of death visits in a blue serge suit; the voice of God commands Morton Gruber to collaborate on a book; and an aunt goes on a celestial blind date.
The seven stories in Pam Durban's widely praised debut collection are tales of family, of love and loss, of survival and affirmation. Durban's resonant prose subtly obliges her readers to experience the rush of icy water in a stream, the taste of greens freshly snatched from an overgrown garden, the dread weight of confusion and uncertainty.
In "This Heat," the opening story, a mill worker faces the long-expected loss of her teenage son when his weak heart finally gives out. In the title story, which concludes the collection, a formidably eccentric woman abruptly leaves her daughter and granddaughter to answer a "calling" to do missionary work in Africa.
Framed between these two stories is a gathering of characters made real and consequential by Durban's touch: a country singer more than a few big breaks short of stardom, a preadolescent boy lovestruck over his private swimming instructor, a father cut off from his children by haunting war memories, and others.
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction An unforgettable collection of stories from Daniel Alarcon, one of the New Yorker's 20 best writers under 40, and one of the best storytellers of our time. Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcon's hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In `The Thousands', people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives' mysterious deaths and his father's mental breakdown and incarceration in `The Bridge'. A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in `The Ballad of Rocky Rontal'. And in the tour de force novella, `The Auroras', a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman. Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Kipling drew upon his experiences in Anglo-Indian society for much of his fiction. This volume includes five of the author's best early stories: "The Phantom Rickshaw," "Wee Willie Winkie," "Without Benefit of Clergy," "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes" and the title selection.
'The horror! The horror!' - these are Kurtz's final words in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the story of a man who travels into the jungle to seek his fortune and who instead finds an all-consuming moral and spiritual wilderness. Conrad's enduring tale served as a touchstone for many works of fiction inspired by its somber theme. This collection also includes an additional five of Conrad's best stories: The Secret Sharer, Youth, Typhoon, Karain: A Memory, and Falk: A Reminiscence.
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