Sixty Stories

Sixty Stories

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Overview

With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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From the Publisher

"Barthelme can focus our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at a fever pitch." —The Washington Post

"Donald Barthelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Hemingway and O' Hara did in theirs." —The New York Times

"The delight he offers to readers is beyond question, his originality is unmatched." —Los Angeles Times

Anatole Broyard

"Donald Bathelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Henningway and O'Hara did in theirs. 60 Stories is a whole earth catalog of life in our time." -- The New York Times

Anne Tyler

"If you read straight through these stories you're bound to be struck by the volume's cohesiveness. Donald Bathelme's writing is from the outset firm and sure, entirely his own. He experiments as freely nowadays as he did when younger, and his experiments reaveal a rare exhuberance, an unfaiing joy in words and possibilities." -- Detroit News

Guy Davenport

"Bathalme can focu our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at full pitch." -- Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142437391
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2003
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 350,053
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

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