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The Delicate Prey And Other Stories

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1787202976
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First published in 1950, this book is a collection of exemplary short stories that reveal the bizarre, the disturbing, the perilous, and the wise in other civilizations—from one of America’s most important writers of the twentieth century. “Paul Bowles has opened the world of Hip. He let in the murder, the drugs, the incest, the death of the Square...the call of the orgy, the end of civilization.”—NORMAN MAILER “Paul Bowles’s sense of what can go wrong is as acute as that of any American writer since Poe....Bowles’s sensibility is classical in its aloofness, his prose as hard-edged and dazzling as a desert landscape at noon.”—JAY McINERNEY “The Delicate Prey is in fact one of the most profound, beautifully wrought, and haunting collections in our literature....Bowles’s tales arc at once austere, witty, violent, and sensuous. They move with the inevitability of myth.”—TOBIAS WOLFF

The Delicate Prey

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141971177
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'And then one day a solitary figure appeared, moving toward them across the lifeless plain from the west.One man on a camel... ' Paul Bowles's unforgettable short stories portray people facing hostile environments and the innate savagery of humanity. These three unbearably tense tales from sun-drenched and brutal climes tell of vengeance, abandonment, violence and cruelty enjoyed and suffered, in a surreal realm of horror. This book includes The Delicate Prey, A Distant Episode and The Circular Ruins.

The Delicate Prey Deluxe Edition

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 9780062393852
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From master storyteller Paul Bowles comes a new addition to ecco's the art of the story series—"essential reading" for any witness to the magic of the short form, writes vendela vida All the tales are a variety of detective story," writes Bowles of this, his first short story collection, "in which the reader is the detective; the mystery is in the motivation for the characters' behavior." In such stories as "A Distant Episode" and "How Many Midnights," Bowles pushes human character beyond socially defined limits, mapping a transformed—often horribly transformed—reality. Bowles captures the duality of human frailty and cruelty in these seventeen taut and atmospheric tales, written between 1939 and 1949. Brutal and gorgeous, visceral and profound, this timeless collection is "one of the most profound, beautifully wrought, and haunting collections in our literature... at once austere, witty, violent, and sensuous....His language has a purity of line, a poise and authority entirely its own, capable of instantly modulating from farce to horror without a ruffle" (Tobias Wolff).

Delicate Edible Birds

Author: Lauren Groff
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 1401396372
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From Lauren Groff, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Fates and Furies, comes Delicate Edible Birds, one of the most striking short fiction debuts in years. Here are nine stories of astonishing insight and variety, each revealing a resonant drama within the life of a twentieth-century American woman. In "Sir Fleeting," a Midwestern farm girl on her honeymoon in Argentina falls into lifelong lust for a French playboy. In "Blythe," an attorney who has become a stay-at-home mother takes a night class in poetry and meets another full-time mother, one whose charismatic brilliance changes everything. In "The Wife of the Dictator," that eponymous wife ("brought back . . . from [the dictator's] last visit to America") grows more desperately, menacingly isolated every day. In "Delicate Edible Birds," a group of war correspondents-a lone, high-spirited woman among them-falls sudden prey to a brutal farmer while fleeing Nazis in the French countryside. In "Lucky Chow Fun," Groff returns us to Templeton, the setting of her first book, for revelations about the darkness within even that idyllic small town. In some of these stories, enormous changes happen in an instant. In others, transformations occur across a lifetime--or several lifetimes. Throughout the collection, Groff displays particular and vivid preoccupations. Crime is a motif--sex crimes, a possible murder, crimes of the heart. Love troubles recur; they're in every story--love in alcoholism, in adultery, in a flood, even in the great flu epidemic of 1918. Some of the love has depths, which are understood too late; some of the love is shallow, and also understood too late. And mastery is a theme--Groff's women swim and baton twirl, become poets, or try and try again to achieve the inner strength to exercise personal freedom. Overall, these stories announce a notable new literary master. Dazzlingly original and confident, Delicate Edible Birds further solidifies Groff's reputation as one of the foremost talents of her generation.

Up Above The World

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061137359
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On the terrace of an elaborate hilltop apartment overlooking a Central American capital, four people sit making polite conversation. The American couple -- an elderly physician and his young wife -- are tourists. Their host, whom they have just met, is a young man of striking good looks and charm. The girl, his mistress, is very young and very beautiful. Sitting there, watching the sunset, the Slades seem to be enjoying the sort of fortunate chance encounter that travelers cherish. But amid the civilities and small talk, the host's casual remark to the American woman proves prophetic: "It's not exactly what you think." Masterfully -- with the poetic control that has always characterized his work -- Paul Bowles leads the reader beneath the surface of hospitality and luxury into a tortuous maze of human relationships and shifting moods, until what seems at first a merely casual encounter is seen to be one rooted in viciousness and horror.

Let It Come Down

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics
ISBN: 9780141182209
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Let It Come Down, with its title from Macbeth, tells the story of Dyar, a New York bank clerk who throws up his secure, humdrum job to find a reality abroad with which to identify himself, and his macabre experiences in the inferno of Tangiers as he gives in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism.

The Paper Door And Other Stories

Author: Naoya Shiga
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231121576
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A beautifully translated selection of stories by one of the most revered of all modern Japanese authors, The Paper Door and Other Stories showcases the concise, delicate art of a writer who is often called "the god of the Japanese short story." Delineating the development of Shiga's rare genius, Lane Dunlop's masterly translation has provided English readers their first overview of the author's work.

The Stories Of Paul Bowles

Author: Paul Bowles
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062004499
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The short fiction of American literary cult figure Paul Bowles is marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry—possessing a symmetry between beauty and terror that is haunting and ultimately moral. In "Pastor Dowe at Tecaté," a Protestant missionary is sent to a faraway place where his God has no power. In "Call at Corazón," an American husband abandons his alcoholic wife on their honeymoon in a South American jungle. In "Allal," a boy's drug-induced metamorphosis into a deadly serpent leads to his violent death. Here also are some of Bowles's most famous works, including "The Delicate Prey," a grimly satisfying tale of vengeance, and "A Distant Episode," which Tennessee Williams proclaimed "a masterpiece."

Where The Jackals Howl

Author: Amos Oz
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547751982
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The first book from the acclaimed, award-winning author of A Tale of Love and Darkness and the New York Times Notable Book, Scenes from Village Life. The Washington Post praised Israeli author Amos Oz as “one of our essential writers, laying out for our observation, in ever-increasing breadth and profundity, the mad landscape of our time and his place.” Here, in his first book, is a disturbing and moving collection of short stories about kibbutz life. Each of the eight stories in this volume grips the reader from the first line. Each conveys the tension and intensity of feeling in the founding period of Israel, a brand-new state with an age-old history. Some are love stories, more are hate stories, and frequently the two urges intertwine. “A strong, beautiful, disturbing book. It speaks piercingly—whether wittingly or unwittingly, I know not—of a dimension of the Israeli experience not often discussed, of the specter of the other brother, of a haunting, an unhealed wound; it reminds us of polarizations everywhere that bind and diminish us, that may yet rend us.” —The New York Times “As you read, you feel yourself, in all these stories, sinking deeper into the loam of Oz’s sensibility, a paradoxical mix of sensuality and disdain. A good collection by an important international writer.” —Kirkus Reviews