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Title:
The art of the story : an international anthology of contemporary short stories
Author:
Halpern, Daniel, 1945-
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
xiii, 667 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
A gift from somewhere / Ama Ata Aidoo -- The keeper of the virgins / Hanan Al-Shaykh -- Amor divino / Julia Alvarez -- The immortals / Martin Amis -- The glass tower / Reinaldo Arenas -- Wilderness tips / Margaret Atwood -- Gorilla, my love / Toni Cade Bambara -- My mother's memoirs, my father's lie, and other true stories / Russell Banks -- G-string / Nicola Barker -- Evermore / Julian Barnes -- Aren't you happy for me? / Richard Bausch -- In Amalfi / Ann Beattie -- Rara avis / T. Coraghessan Boyle -- Mr. Green / Robert Olen Butler -- The fat man in history / Peter Carey -- The courtship of Mr. Lyon / Angela Carter -- Are these actual miles? / Raymond Carver -- The old man slave and the mastiff / Patrick Chamoiseau -- Dharma / Vikram Chandra -- Never marry a Mexican / Sandra Cisneros -- The prospect from the silver hills / Jim Crace -- Night women / Edwidge Danticat -- The house behind / Lydia Davis -- All because of the mistake / Daniele del Giudice -- Ysrael / Junot Diax -- Betrayal / Patricia Duncker -- Reflections of spring / Duong Thu Huong -- The girl who left her sock on the floor / Deborah Eisenberg -- The twenty-seventh man / Nathan Englander -- The parakeet / Victor Erofeyev -- Roberto narrates / Peter Esterhazy -- My father, the Englishman, and I / Nuruddin Farah -- Optimists / Richard Ford -- The story of the lizard who had the habit of dining on his wives / Eduardo Galeano -- The hammam / Herve Guibert -- Escort / Abdulrazak Gurnah -- Midnight and I'm not famous yet / Barry Hannah -- Portrait of the avant-garde / Peter Hoeg -- Moving house / Pawel Huelle -- A family supper / Kazuo Ishiguro -- Encounter / Roy Jacobsen -- The first day / Edward P. Jones -- Remember young Cecil / James Kelman -- Intimacy / Hanif Kureishi -- The stump-grubber / Torgny Lindgren -- Wish / Bobbie Ann Mason -- Everything in this counry must / Colum McCann -- Pornography / Ian McEwan -- Behind the blue curtain / Steven Millhauser -- Willing / Lorrie Moore -- The lifeguard / Mary Morris -- Canebrake / Mohammed Mrabet -- The management of grief / Bharati Mukherjee -- Muradhan and Selvihan or the tale of the crystal kiosk -- Elephant vanishes / Haruki Murakami -- Mark of satan / Joyce Carol Oates -- In the shadow of war / Ben Okri -- Where the Jackals Howl / Amos Oz -- The life and adventures of shed number xii / Victor Pelevin -- Talking dog / Francine Prose -- Free radio / Salman Rushdie -- Africa kills her sun / Ken Saro-Wiwa -- The ring / Ingo Schulze -- Learning to swim / Graham Swift -- Riddle / Antonio Tabucchi -- Minutes of glory / Ngugi Wa Thiong'o -- On the golden porch / Tatyana Tolstaya -- John-Jin / Rose Tremain / Who, me a bum? / Luisa Valenzuela -- Cinnamon skin / Edmund White -- You can't get lost in Cape Tower / Zoë Wicomb -- Doc's story / John Edgar Wideman -- The farm / Joy Williams -- Dirt angel / Jeanne Wilmot -- Green man / Jeanette Winterson -- The night in question / Tobias Wolff -- The child who raised poisonous snakes / Can Xue -- Helix / Banana Yoshimoto..
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ISBN:
9780670887613
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Summary

Following the immense success of The Art of the Tale, Daniel Halpern has assembled the next generation of short-story writers -- those born after 1937 -- to create a companion volume, The Art of the Story. Attesting to the depth, range, and continued popularity of short fiction, this collection includes seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries. The Art of the Story combines the best of the established masters as well as the fresh, new voices of writers whose work has seldom been translated into English.


Author Notes

Daniel Halpern is the author of eight collections of poetry, and has received numerous grants and awards (including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 1993 PEN Publisher Citation). For twenty-five years he edited the literary magazine Antaeus . He is currently Editorial Director of The Ecco Press/HarperCollins and divides his time between Princeton, New Jersey and New York City.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

A decade after Halpern's Art of the Tale anthology comes a hefty companion volume, this one collecting 78 international, contemporary authors, those born between 1938 and 1970. The new book elegantly shrugs off the dictates of political and cultural theorists to answer the demands of literary aesthetics. Yet the stories represented here, written by authors from 35 countries, are rife with honest social commentary: Haruki Murakami's suburban fantasy "The Elephant Vanishes" is told by a bourgeois Japanese man living outside Tokyo; the characters in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Wish" are poor tobacco farmers with crocheted pillows, sour stomachs and dirt yards; "Escort" by Abdulrazak Gurnah tells of a Tanzanian who returns briefly from England, where he is a teacher and a scholar of poetry, and becomes unwillingly involved with his taxi driver, a meticulously evil lapsed Muslim named Salim. The philosophy guiding Halpern's choices, as he points out in a refreshingly brief introduction, is that contemporary authors, unlike the early moderns collected in his previous anthology, are essentially reactionary: they respond conservatively, critically and satirically to the effluvia of current popular media. Though claiming to be an international selection, the majority of these stories were written in English, and many are by the usual suspects for such a collection: Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, T.C. Boyle, Raymond Carver. The international scene is represented by well-known writers-in-translation like Banana Yoshimoto, Patrick Chamoiseau and Peter Esterhazy, along with some distinguished voices not yet discovered by mainstream American readers. Halpern selected these stories with great intelligence and zero trendiness, and the anthology is a true pleasure at every turn. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

This carefully chosen collection features 78 writers from 35 countries, all born between 1938 and 1970. Many of them will be familiar, like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, but many will be new to readersÄHanif Kureishi, Torgny Lindgren, and Ben Okri, to name a few. Halpern has included short biographical notes on all of the authors following the text. The quality of the stories is consistently high, proving that the short story is very much alive and that it is still a powerful form of writing. Halpern is also the editor of The Art of the Tale and the author of eight poetry collections. This new collection is an ideal purchase for anyone looking for an extraordinary book of short stories that is truly global. An important volume for public and academic libraries.ÄLisa Rohrbaugh, East Palestine Memorial P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.