Mini Modern Classics
Mini Modern Classics Box Set
The short story is we're going to change the way you read.
2011 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Penguin Modern Classics.
To celebrate we're publishing fifty mini Modern Classics. They're
full of the best short fiction...
The Gifts of War
One of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation, the author is an unmatched observer of postwar English lives, portraying social change, sexual liberation, landscape, class and the messy complications of human relationships...
Tells the story of a summer camp in Mississippi, a surly lifeguard, a rebellious orphan girl, and the fateful day when they learn the secrets of life and death.
The Door in the Wall
Includes such stories as: The Door in the Wall , The Sea Raiders and The Moth .
Rich in Russia
A collection of two short stories in which, the writer Henry Bech travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia, where he struggles to spend his money when everything - from his meals to his bugged hotel room -...
The Last Demon
Includes such stories as: The Last Demon , Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and The Cafeteria .
Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped
Includes such stories as: Filboid Studge , a Story of a Mouse That Helped , Todermory , Mrs Packletide's Tiger , Sredni Vashtar , The Music on the Hill , The Recessional and The Cobweb .
Through the Wall
There once lived a woman who was so fat, she couldn't fit in a taxi, and when going into the subway she took up the whole width of the escalator.
La Grosse Fifi
Contains such stories as: La Grosse Fifi , Vienne , Tea with an Artist , and Mixing Cocktails . They are all taken from a selection from The Left Bank in Penguin's edition of Tigers Are Better Looking .
A group of passengers on a cruise ship challenge the world chess
champion to a match. At first, they crumble, until they are helped
by whispered advice from a stranger in the crowd – a man who will
risk everything to win....
The Cornet-player Who Betrayed Ireland
Contains such stories as: The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland , Guests of the Nation , A Story by Maupassant , and First Confession .
A Breath of Lucifer
These haunting tales from India's foremost storyteller, set in
the fictional town of Malgudi, are filled with characters from
every walk of life. Avaricious merchants, fleshy harlots, foolhardy
teachers, beggars and rogues are...
Of the very first rank of prose stylists, Robert Musil captures
a scene's every telling detail and symbolic aspect with a precise
and remarkable beauty. In these nine stories and essays, he
considers holidaymakers and stone...
Red Rose, White Rose
In Eileen Chang's eloquent and evocative novella, Zhenbao is a
devoted son, a diligent worker, and guarded in love. But when he
meets a friend's spoilt, spirited, desirable wife, he cannot resist
her charms, or keep their...
Writing about outcasts, dreamers and misfits in the Deep South,
Carson McCullers was acclaimed for her sympathetic depictions of
loneliness, the need for understanding and the search for love.
These four masterly stories of...
The Colour Out of Space
Includes the three stories: The Colour Out Of Space , The Outsider and The Hound .
Features three chilling and psychologically penetrating tales, in which the author portrays hauntings, loss, madness, terrible secrets and the darkness that lies within the human heart. This book includes They , Mary Postgate ,...
Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book
'The lower jaw was thin - what can I call it? - shallow, like a
beast's; teeth showed behind the black lips…'
M. R. James is the master of the English ghost story, whose
tales are inhabited not by ethereal spirits, but...
The Mark-2 Wife
William Trevor has been acclaimed as the greatest contemporary
writer of short stories in the English language, likened to Chekhov
for his insights into human nature. These three tales of obsession,
heartbreak, silent sorrow...
One of the towering figures of modern Japanese writing, Akutagawa's early career was distinguished by imaginative, beautifully crafted stories of medieval Japan, rich with period detail. This book features two of his stories Hell...
A title that is part of the 50 original and exciting books of short stories, publishing in February to celebrate half a century of Penguin Modern Classics.
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby
Includes nine short stories: Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby , The Glass Mountain , I Bought a Little City , The Palace at Four AM , Chablis , The School , Margins , Game , and The Balloon .
Includes: The Expelled and First Love .
Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism
Drawing on Hans Fallada's own history of addiction, these two
stories are written with a remarkable, tough, spartan clarity. As a
man desperately, haplessly tries to get enough morphine to make it
through the day and a drunk...
The Delicate Prey
Features three unbearably tense tales from sun-drenched and brutal climes that tell of vengeance, abandonment, violence and cruelty enjoyed and suffered, in a surreal realm of horror. This book includes: The Delicate Prey , A...
'Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is
satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very
Angela Carter's playful and subversive retellings of Charles
Perrault's classic fairy...
The Strange Crime of John Boulnois
Includes: The Strange Crime of John Boulnois and The Blue Cross .
Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady
'Paul stepped off the curb and got hit by a truck. He didn't
know what it was that hit him at first, but now, here on his back,
under the truck, there could be no doubt.'
One of 50 original and exciting books of short...
F Scott Fitzgerald's stories defined the 1920s 'Jazz Age' generation, with their glittering dreams and tarnished hopes. This book features three tales of a fragile recovery, a cut-glass bowl and a life lost. It portrays the...
Including the iconic tale The Lottery, this book brings together a short selection sinister stories.
The Beast in the Jungle
'Something or other lay in wait for him, amid the twists and
turns of the months and the years, like a crouching beast in the
Henry James's devastating and profoundly moving novella is the
story of John Marcher,...
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