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About the Author
Table of ContentsForty StoriesIntroduction by Dave Eggers
On the Deck
Concerning the Bodyguard
The Palace at Four A.M.
Conversations with Goethe
The New Owner
The Educational Experience
At the Tolstoy Museum
The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace
A Few Moments of Sleeping and Waking
The Temptation os St. Anthony
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friends
Porcupines at the University
110 West Sixty-First Street
Overnight to Many Distant Cities
Letters to the Editore
What People are Saying About This
...a voice that remains uniquely rewarding and often sounds ageless. (The New York Times Book Review)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great collection of witty stories by the great Barthelme, including "The Baby" and "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby."
In literary history, certain figures stand out as people who not only wrote good books, but wrote books that expended the entire art form; authors who explored what others overlooked. Rabelais and Cervantes are a good example. Chekhov is another. Kafka of course. In the twentieth century, there's James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges. Of all the authors though, it's Barthelme who's somehow the most overlooked. The man contributed tons of stories to The New Yorker over the years. He has another large collection of stories called Sixty Stories. That collection's darker, stranger, and more subversive than this one. This one's more whimsical and light.