Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories

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Following the immense success of The Art of the Tale, Daniel Halpern has assembled the next generation of short-story writers—those born after 1937—to create a companion volume, The Art of the Story. Attesting to the depth, range, and continued popularity of short fiction, this collection includes seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries. The Art of the Story ...
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Following the immense success of The Art of the Tale, Daniel Halpern has assembled the next generation of short-story writers—those born after 1937—to create a companion volume, The Art of the Story. Attesting to the depth, range, and continued popularity of short fiction, this collection includes seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries. The Art of the Story combines the best of the established masters as well as the fresh, new voices of writers whose work has seldom been translated into English.

Featured writers include:

* Ama Ata Aidoo
* Julia Alvarez
* Martin Amis
* Margaret Atwood
* Russell Banks
* Julian Barnes
* Ann Beattie
* T. C. Boyle
* Peter Carey
* Angela Carter
* Vikram Chandra
* Edwidge Danticat
* Daniele del Giudice
* Junot D'az
* Nathan Englander
* Peter Esterhazy
* Richard Ford
* Peter Hoeg
* Kazuo Ishiguro
* Bobbie Ann Mason
* Ian McEwan
* Lorrie Moore
* Murathan Mungan
* Joyce Carol Oates
* Ben Okri
* Amos Oz
* Salman Rushdie
* Graham Swift
* Tobias Wolff
* Can Xue

"A grand convocation of writers from across the globe-middle-aged and young, famous and obscure"—Newsday
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A decade after Halpern's Art of the Tale anthology comes a hefty companion volume, this one collecting 78 international, contemporary authors, those born between 1938 and 1970. The new book elegantly shrugs off the dictates of political and cultural theorists to answer the demands of literary aesthetics. Yet the stories represented here, written by authors from 35 countries, are rife with honest social commentary: Haruki Murakami's suburban fantasy "The Elephant Vanishes" is told by a bourgeois Japanese man living outside Tokyo; the characters in Bobbie Ann Mason's "Wish" are poor tobacco farmers with crocheted pillows, sour stomachs and dirt yards; "Escort" by Abdulrazak Gurnah tells of a Tanzanian who returns briefly from England, where he is a teacher and a scholar of poetry, and becomes unwillingly involved with his taxi driver, a meticulously evil lapsed Muslim named Salim. The philosophy guiding Halpern's choices, as he points out in a refreshingly brief introduction, is that contemporary authors, unlike the early moderns collected in his previous anthology, are essentially reactionary: they respond conservatively, critically and satirically to the effluvia of current popular media. Though claiming to be an international selection, the majority of these stories were written in English, and many are by the usual suspects for such a collection: Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, T.C. Boyle, Raymond Carver. The international scene is represented by well-known writers-in-translation like Banana Yoshimoto, Patrick Chamoiseau and Peter Esterhazy, along with some distinguished voices not yet discovered by mainstream American readers. Halpern selected these stories with great intelligence and zero trendiness, and the anthology is a true pleasure at every turn. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This carefully chosen collection features 78 writers from 35 countries, all born between 1938 and 1970. Many of them will be familiar, like Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, but many will be new to readers--Hanif Kureishi, Torgny Lindgren, and Ben Okri, to name a few. Halpern has included short biographical notes on all of the authors following the text. The quality of the stories is consistently high, proving that the short story is very much alive and that it is still a powerful form of writing. Halpern is also the editor of The Art of the Tale and the author of eight poetry collections. This new collection is an ideal purchase for anyone looking for an extraordinary book of short stories that is truly global. An important volume for public and academic libraries.--Lisa Rohrbaugh, East Palestine Memorial P.L., OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Ben Greenman
It's the holiday season, which means it's time to remember that good things come in small packages. But really good things come in small packages that are then bound together and sold as one large package, like the gargantuan new short-fiction anthology The Art of the Story assembles the best contemporary short stories. And not just American authors—that kind of narrow-mindedness is for sissy anthologies. Flexing its muscles, The Art of the Storyattempts to locate the peak of the genre as it's practiced worldwide, with 78 stories from 35 countries. The result is quite a party, with established masters like Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Ann Beattie, Richard Ford, Margaret Atwood, Tobias Wolff, and T.C. Boyle lined up alongside a new crop of short-fiction sprouts like Victor Pelevin and Banana Yoshimoto.
Time Out New York
Kirkus Reviews
This fat "companion volume" to Halpern's earlier anthology, The Art of the Tale (not reviewed), offers a generous sampling of contemporary short fiction (all 78 contributors were "born after 1937")—though it's perhaps less truly "international" than announced (more than 50 of the stories were written in English). Nevertheless, Halpern's range is impressive, extending to such writers of recent emergence as Vikram Chandra, Junot Díaz, Nathan Englander, Can Xue, and Banana Yoshimoto. Only a handful of stories are even arguably overfamiliar (Graham Swift's "Learning to Swim," Haruki Murakami's "The Elephant Vanishes," the late Toni Cade Bambara's "Gorilla, My Love")—and Halpern has unearthed three to four dozen gems, including Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o's moving "Minutes of Glory," Britisher Jim Crace's suggestive allegory "The Prospect from the Silver Hills," Hungarian Péter Esterházy's amusingly metafictional "Roberto Narrates," and Somalian Neustadt Prize–winner Nuruddin Farah's compact parable of colonialism, "My Father, the Englishman, and I." The only book of its kind well worth its (steep) price, and endlessly browsable.
From the Publisher
"This is the anthology I've been looking for, for my Craft of Fiction class—-the range and the types of stories included, the wide diversity of authors and traditions, the combination of experimentation and classics—-this all makes for an exciting, useful, and enriching book for my students, and myself. Best of its type!" —Don Skiles, Chabot College, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756759438
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 667

Meet the Author

Daniel Halpern is the author of eight collections of poetry, and has received numerous grants and awards (including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 1993 PEN Publisher Citation). For twenty-five years he edited the literary magazine Antaeus. He is currently Editorial Director of The Ecco Press/HarperCollins and divides his time between Princeton, New Jersey and New York City.

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Table of Contents

A Gift from Somewhere 1
The Keeper of the Virgins 9
Amor Divino 15
The Immortals 25
The Glass Tower 33
Wilderness Tips 42
Gorilla, My Love 58
My Mother's Memoirs, My Father's Lie, and Other True Stories 63
G-String 69
Evermore 73
Aren't You Happy for Me? 85
In Amalfi 96
Rara Avis 106
Mr. Green 110
The Fat Man in History 118
The Courtship of Mr. Lyon 137
Are These Actual Miles? 146
The Old Man Slave and the Mastiff 152
Dharma 162
Never Marry a Mexican 179
The Prospect from the Silver Hills 189
Night Women 196
The House Behind 199
All Because of the Mistake 203
Ysrael 211
Betrayal 220
Reflections of Spring 227
The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor 233
The Twenty-seventh Man 248
The Parakeet 261
Roberto Narrates 270
My Father, the Englishman, and I 276
Optimists 279
The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives 291
The Hammam 295
Escort 298
Midnight and I'm Not Famous Yet 307
Portrait of the Avant-Garde 316
Moving House 331
A Family Supper 338
Encounter 346
The First Day 349
Remember Young Cecil 353
Intimacy 361
The Stump-Grubber 373
Wish 380
Everything in This Country Must 387
Pornography 393
Behind the Blue Curtain 404
Willing 411
The Lifeguard 424
The Canebrake 432
The Management of Grief 435
Muradhan and Selvihan or The Tale of the Crystal Kiosk 448
The Elephant Vanishes 453
Mark of Satan 466
In the Shadow of War 477
Where the Jackals Howl 481
The Life and Adventures of Shed Number XII 494
Talking Dog 502
The Free Radio 513
Africa Kills Her Sun 519
The Ring 527
Learning to Swim 534
A Riddle 546
Minutes of Glory 557
On the Golden Porch 567
John-Jin 573
Who, Me a Bum? 578
Cinnamon Skin 580
You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town 591
Doc's Story 602
The Farm 608
Dirt Angel 618
The Green Man 629
The Night in Question 637
The Child Who Raised Poisonous Snakes 644
Helix 650
Biographical Notes 656
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  • Anonymous

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    If you like to read short stories or need to learn how to write an essay than this is the book for you. I know I liked it and because of this book I got an 'A' in my English class.

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