Category: Short Stories

  • Between the Assassinations

    By Aravind Adiga

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 citizens, merely 89 claim themselves to be with no faith or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is a rare crossroads among the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and the poets and the prophets of an India that glossy literature has hardly ever addressed.

    A sequence of sketches that jointly shape a stunning, terrific, and courageous mosaic of Indian existence because it is lived in a spot known as Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with the entire humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, enlarges our realizing of the realm we are living in this present day.
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  • Billy Budd and The Piazza Tales

    By Herman Melville

    Billy Budd and the Piazza Tales, by means of Herman Melville, is a part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which bargains caliber versions at cheap costs to the scholar and the final reader, together with new scholarship, considerate layout, and pages of rigorously crafted extras. listed here are a number of the notable gains of Barnes & Noble Classics:

    • New introductions commissioned from today's most sensible writers and scholars
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    • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, performs, work, operas, statuary, and flicks encouraged by way of the work
    • reviews by way of different well-known authors
    • examine inquiries to problem the reader's viewpoints and expectations
    • Bibliographies for extra reading
    • Indices & Glossaries, while appropriate

    All versions are superbly designed and are revealed to enhanced requirements; a few comprise illustrations of ancient curiosity. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls jointly a constellation of influences—biographical, ancient, and literary—to improve each one reader's figuring out of those enduring works.

    Largely ignored in his personal lifetime, Herman Melville mastered not just the good American novel but in addition the quick tale and novella types. In Billy Budd and The Piazza Tales, Melville finds an uncanny knowledge of the inscrutable nature of reality.

    Published posthumously in 1924, Billy Budd is a masterpiece moment simply to Melville's Moby-Dick. This advanced brief novel tells the tale of “the good-looking sailor" Billy who, provoked via a fake cost, by accident kills the satanic master-at-arms. not able to protect himself as a result of a stammer, he's hanged, going willingly to his destiny. even if more often than not ambiguous, Billy Budd is noticeable by means of many as a testomony to Melville's final reconciliation with the incongruities and injustices of life.

    The Piazza Tales (1856) includes six brief tales, together with the ceaselessly well known "Benito Cereno" and "Bartleby," a story of a scrivener who many times distills his mordant feedback of the office into the deceptively easy word "I would favor now not to."

    Robert G. O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia collage, the place he has served at the school for seventeen years; due to the fact that 1999 he has been the director of Columbia's middle for Jazz stories. he's the writer of The Craft of Ralph Ellison and Lady Day: the numerous Faces of Billie Holiday, and the valuable author of Seeing Jazz, the catalog for the Smithsonian Institution's show on jazz portray and literature.
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  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories

    By Etgar Keret

    Bringing up a toddler, mendacity to the boss, putting an order in a fast-food eating place: in Etgar Keret's new assortment, lifestyle is complex, risky, and entire of craving. In his so much playful and so much mature paintings but, the residing and the useless, silent youngsters and speaking animals, goals and waking lifestyles coexist in an uneasy global. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, disappointment, and compassion, the stories in all of sudden, a Knock at the Door identify Etgar Keret―declared a "genius" by means of The big apple Times―as essentially the most unique writers of his generation.

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  • Ox-Tales: Earth

    By Ian Rankin, Jonathan Buckley, Marina Lewycka, Jonathan Coe, Kate Atkinson, Hanif Kureishi, Rose Tremain, Nicholas Shakespeare, M

    Ox-Tales is a collection of 4 compelling and collectible books, each one themed on one of many components. 'Earth' positive factors tales via Rose Tremain, Jonathan Coe, Marti Leimbach, Kate Atkinson, Ian Rankin, Marina Lewycka, Hanif Kureishi, Jonathan Buckley and Nicholas Shakespeare, and a poem by way of Vikram Seth.

    The proposal in the back of Ox-Tales is to elevate cash for Oxfam and alongside tips to spotlight the charity's paintings in venture components: agriculture in Earth, water tasks in Water, clash relief in fireplace, and weather swap in Air.

    The 4 books will play a vital position within the first ever Oxfam Bookfest, a brand new annual occasion launching in July 2009. Created in partnership with Hay pageant, this system comprises greater than three hundred occasions around the united kingdom.
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  • The Dybbuk and Other Writings by S. Ansky

    This quantity provides The Dybbuk, S. Ansky's famous drama of mystical ardour and demonic ownership, besides little-known works of his autobiographical and fantastical prose fiction and an excerpt from his four-volume chronicle of the jap entrance within the First international struggle, The Destruction of Galacia.
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  • The Ends of Our Tethers: Thirteen Sorry Stories

    By Alasdair Gray

    For the reason that 1981, whilst Alasdair Gray's first novel Lanark was once released via Canongate, his characters have elderly as speedy as their writer. The Ends of Our Tethers exhibits the excessive jinks of many folks within the final phases of actual, ethical and social decrepitude - a definite tonic for the younger. the 1st paintings of fiction in over six years by means of certainly one of Britain's most unusual and great writers, this excellent (and very humorous) new assortment reaffirms Gray's place as a grasp of the quick tale. The Ends of Our Tethers is classic grey - experimental, mischievous, wide-ranging but in addition subtly attached. And as consistently the paintings is hallmarked together with his hugely attractive prose variety, dry wit and fecund mind's eye. those 13 stories problem prejudice, query social imbalances and discover human foibles. In 'No Bluebeard', a socially reclusive guy, veteran of 3 marriages, meets a disturbed and kooky girl wanting to stay hidden from her relatives. In 'Job's pores and skin video game' a father develops a epidermis according to the emotional surprise of wasting his sons within the September eleventh assaults and his fortune within the dot-com situation. The beautiful excitement he is taking from scratching and peeling his useless skin turns into his sole preoccupation and a metaphor for what's finally a totally sane reaction to tragedy. 'Wellbeing' bargains a politically charged dystopian imaginative and prescient of a destiny Britain as obvious throughout the eyes of a once-revered author, now homeless but stubbornly refusing to maneuver to a extra hospitable kingdom as 'there are larger methods of dwelling than being satisfied, yet they require power and sanity.' superbly produced and illustrated all through with Gray's special drawings, this can be a huge and hugely obtainable assortment.
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  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us: 101 Inspirational Stories of Miracles, Faith, and Answered Prayers

    By Jack Canfield, Amy Newmark

    During this publication of a hundred and one inspirational tales, participants proportion their own angel reviews of religion, miracles, and replied prayers, on the way to amaze and encourage you.

    Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. regardless of the time period, occasionally there isn't any earthly reason behind what we adventure, and a better energy is obviously at paintings. you can be awed and encouraged via those actual own tales from humans, non secular and non-religious, approximately wish, therapeutic, and support from angels.
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  • The School of English

    A new tale from Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf corridor and The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and two times winner of the fellow Booker Prize.

    This tale is usually on hand within the paperback and e-book variation of The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.

    ‘Lastly,’ Mr Maddox acknowledged, ‘and to finish our travel, we come to a truly particular a part of the house.’ He paused, to provoke on her that she used to be going to have a deal with. ‘Perhaps, leave out Marcella, it can be that during your final scenario, the home didn't have a panic room?’

    ‘The institution of English’ invitations us in the back of the stucco façade of a Notting Hill mansion the place worry and cruelty grip a household.

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  • Daughter of Regals & Other Tales

    By Stephen R. Donaldson

    A brief tale assortment from the New York occasions bestselling author—available in alternate paperback for the 1st time.

    “Donaldson proves that he's as adept on the brief tale as he's on the novel" (Denver Rocky Mountain News), during this wonderful assortment. The recognized outtake from The Illearth War, “Gilden-Fire,” headlines 8 stories of mystics and unicorns, angels and kings—all written with the awesome type and mind's eye that experience made Stephen R. Donaldson one of many most sensible fantasists of the day.
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