Collected Shorter Fiction (Volume 1) by Leo Tolstoy

By Leo Tolstoy

(Book Jacket prestige: now not Jacketed)Written over a interval of greater than part a century, those tales replicate each element of Tolstoy's artwork and character. They disguise his studies as a soldier within the Caucasus, his married existence, his passionate curiosity within the peasantry, his cult of fact adn simplicity, and, peculiarly, his becoming preoccupation with faith. Ranging in scope from novellas like The Kreutzer Sonata and Hadji Murad to folk-tales just a couple of pages lengthy, they supply a fabulous chance to develop into heavily accustomed to Russia's nice novelist. Aylmer and Louise Maude's vintage translations are supplemented by means of new translations via Nigel J. Cooper of six tales, together with that experience by no means earlier than seemed in English.

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The Elephant Vanishes (Stories) by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

With an analogous deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he delivered to his the world over acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the top of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this selection of tales a decided attack at the general. a guy sees his favourite elephant vanish into skinny air; a newlywed couple suffers assaults of starvation that force them to carry up a McDonald's in the midst of the evening; and a tender lady discovers that she has develop into impossible to resist to a bit eco-friendly monster who burrows up via her backyard.

By turns haunting and hilarious, The Elephant Vanishes is extra evidence of Murakami's skill to move the border among separate realities -- and back bearing treasure.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Greasy Lake and Other Stories by T. C. Boyle

By T. C. Boyle

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Mythic and sensible, farcical and tragic, The Washington publish ebook international says those masterful tales mark T. Coraghessan Boyle's improvement from "a prodigy's audacity to whatever that packs much more of a wallop: mature artistry." They hide every thing, from a terrifying stumble upon among a host of suburban youngsters and a murderous, drug-dealing biker, to a touching notwithstanding doomed love affair among Eisenhower and Nina Khruschev.

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Ribofunk by Paul Di Filippo

By Paul Di Filippo

You could attempt to get away from the mundane, or with the aid of Paul Di Filippo, you could take a quick, significant holiday from it. within the vein of George Saunders or Michael Chabon, Di Filippo makes use of the instruments of technological know-how fiction and the surreal to take a deep, richly felt examine humanity. His model of humorous, quirky, considerate, fast-moving, heart-warming, brain-bending tales exist around the whole spectrum of the wonderful from not easy technological know-how fiction to satire to myth and directly to horror, offering a riotously enjoyable string of contemporary fables and tales from the next day to come, now and every time. when you learn Paul Di Filippo, you’ll now not see daily life particularly the same.

RIBOFUNK comprises 11 masterful and fantastic works of mind's eye. In them all, biology is the technological know-how that drives the engine of existence and of tale: the Protein Police patrol for renegade gene-splicers; part-human sea creatures dwell within the nice Lakes and freshen up poisonous spills; a river has turn into sentient; there’s a bodyguard who's half wolverine and a thrill-seeker climbs a skyscraper and will get caught, actually.

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The Progress of Love by Alice Munro

By Alice Munro

Alice Munro, who obtained the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for her most modern choice of tales, the affection of an outstanding girl, is extensively said as a latest grasp of the fast tale. during this prior assortment, she demonstrates all of these strengths that experience received her such a lot of literary accolades.

A divorced lady returns to her formative years domestic the place she confronts the reminiscence of her parents' confounding but deep bond. The unintended near-drowning of a kid exposes the fragility of the belief among childrens and oldsters. a tender guy, remembering a terrifying early life incident, wrestles with the accountability he has continually felt for his more youthful brother. In those and different tales Alice Munro proves once more a delicate and compassionate chronicler of our instances. Drawing us into the main intimate corners of normal lives, she unearths a lot approximately ourselves, our offerings, and our studies of affection.

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The Unsettling by Peter Rock

By Peter Rock

A gorgeous, Poe-esque selection of brief fiction approximately outsiders, misplaced canine, romance, and life's remarkable mysteries. Populated through strangers, ghosts, and different shadowy figures, the 13 tales within the Unsettling attend to these startling moments while what we've got understood as typical is unexpectedly printed as mysterious and overseas. A lonely guy saving library books from a scourge of mould listens to a coworker's story a few blind lady and imbues it along with his personal experience of romance; a lady drives a Gold Firebird in the course of the barren region with a tv enjoying "Rockford Files" reruns at the passenger seat; and a woman returns to her formative years domestic to secret agent on its new population, no longer understanding they're conscious of her surveillance. advised via Rock's innovative and totally unique voice, those are haunted stories approximately fascination, transformation, and the connection among the 2. in regards to the writer: Peter Rock grew up in Salt Lake urban, Utah. he's the writer of the novels The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves, and this can be where. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and recipient of a 2000 NEA Fellowship, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Reed collage.

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Creamy Bullets by Kevin Sampsell

By Kevin Sampsell

Fiction. CREAMY BULLETS is a brand new e-book of brief tales through Kevin Sampsell. "With Creamy Bullets, Kevin Sampsell has created a weirdly sexual yet utterly plausible universe in precisely the briefest bursts of phrases. each one tale is a savory gem, shooting the gripping little deviant moments of lifestyles. Get off on his characters, these working-class anti-heroes that roam the Pacific Northwest, or get off on his tight-like-your-uncle's-wallet prose-you can't lose with this book"--Jami Attenberg.

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Case and the Dreamer (The Complete Stories of Theodore by Theodore Sturgeon, Noel Sturgeon

By Theodore Sturgeon, Noel Sturgeon

James Blish referred to as him the "finest awake artist technological know-how fiction ever produced." Kurt Vonnegut dependent the well-known personality Kilgore Trout on him. And such luminaries as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Octavia Butler have hailed him as a mentor. Theodore Sturgeon used to be either a favored favourite and a writer's author, carving out a unique position within the literary panorama in line with his masterful wordplay, conceptual bold, and narrative force. Sturgeon's sardonic sensibility and his ability at interweaving very important social matters equivalent to sex--including homosexual themes--and battle into his tales are glaring in all of his paintings, despite genre.

Case and the Dreamer monitors Sturgeon's presents at their top. The ebook brings jointly his final tales, written among 1972 and 1983. They contain "The state of Afterward," a sexually particular tale Sturgeon were not able to write down past in his profession, and the name tale, approximately an stumble upon with a transpatial being that also is a meditation on love. a number of formerly unpublished tales are integrated, in addition to his ultimate one, "Grizzly," a poignant tackle the lung affliction that killed him years later. famous critic and anthologist Paul Williams contextualizes Sturgeon as either guy and artist in an illuminating afterword, and the publication contains an index to the tales in all 13 volumes.

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A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories by Robert Walser

By Robert Walser

A Schoolboy's Diary brings jointly greater than seventy of Robert Walser's unusual and beautiful tales, such a lot by no means sooner than on hand in English. beginning with a chain from Walser's first ebook, "Fritz Kocher's Essays," the total lecture room assignments of a fictional boy who has met a tragically early dying, this option levels from sketches of uncomprehending editors, overly passionate readers, and dreamy artists to stories of devilish adultery, sexual encounters on a educate, and Walser's provider in global struggle I. all through, Walser's careening, confounding, scrumptious voice holds the reader transfixed.

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Sourland: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates

By Joyce Carol Oates

A gripping and relocating new selection of tales that reimagines the that means of loss—through usually unforeseen and violent skill.

Joyce Carol Oates isn't just considered one of our most crucial novelists and literary critics, she is additionally an remarkable grasp of the fast tale. Sourland—sixteen formerly uncollected tales that discover how the ability of violence, loss, and grief form either the psyche and the soul—shows us an writer work-ing on the peak of her powers.

With lapidary precision and an unflinching eye, Oates maps the mind-blowing contours of “ordinary” existence. From a determined guy who dons a jack-o’-lantern head as a prelude to a so much curious type of courtship, to a “story of a stabbing” repeatedly mentioned within the lifetime of a lonely lady; from a beguiling younger girl librarian whose amputee kingdom draws a married guy and father, to a woman hopelessly in love together with her renegade, incarcerated cousin; from a professor’s spouse who unearths herself tragically remoted at a celebration in her personal condo, to the concluding name tale of an by surprise redemptive love rooted in radical aloneness and isolation, each one tale in Sourland resonates fantastically with Oates’s trademark fascination for the unpredictable amid the prosaic—the comming-ling of sexual love and violence, the tumult of relatives life—and shines along with her predilection for darkish humor and her present for voice.

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