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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...
Moon Lake is 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. Pulitzer Prize-winner Eudora
Welty's extraordinary short...
The Door in the Wall
Includes such stories as: The Door in the Wall , The Sea Raiders and The Moth .
Rich in Russia
In these two short stories, Updike's brilliant observational
acuity is matched by a light, comic touch. The writer Henry Bech
travels to Europe on a hapless cultural exchange, first to Russia,
where he struggles to spend his...
The Last Demon
Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer is best remembered for
his short stories, which drew on traditions of folk tales and
Yiddish culture to explore good and evil, passion and restraint,
religious fervour and personal...
Through the Wall
Part of Penguin Modern Classics , this book contains such stories as: Through the Wall and Anna and Maria .
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 .
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...
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...
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
'I said that although hanging Colby was almost certainly against
the law, we had a perfect moral right to do so because he was our
friend, belonged to us in various important senses, and he had
after all gone too...
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 Widow Ching-pirate
'On days of combat, the crew would mix gunpowder with their
Borges became famous as a writer of short stories that contained
new realities: elaborately conceived, ingenious and gamesome précis
The Strange Crime of John Boulnois
The colossus of crime leaned over to the little rustic priest
with a sort of sudden interest.
'You have heard of it?' he asked. 'Where have you heard of
'Well, I mustn't tell you his name, of course,' said...
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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