Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood; or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as grotesque as they were compassionate. Now, on the occasion of what would have been his eightieth birthday, the Modern Library presents the first collection that includes all of Capote’s short fiction—a volume that confirms his status as one of the masters of this form.
Among the selections are “A Tree of Night,” in which an innocent student, sitting on a train beside a slatternly woman and her deaf-mute companion, enters a seductive nightmare that brings back the deepest fears of childhood . . . “House of Flowers,” the inspiration for a celebrated Broadway musical, which tells of a superstitious prostitute who learns to love in a way no one else can ever understand . . . the holiday…
David Foster Wallace - Oblivion
A recognised master of form and a brilliant recorder of human behaviour, David Foster Wallace has been hailed as 'the most significant writer of his generation' (TLS). Each new book confirms and extends his genius, and this new short story collection is no exception. In the stories that make up Oblivion, David Foster Wallace conjoins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite convolutions of self-consciousness - a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
Sarah Orne Jewett - The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories
In 1896, at the age of forty-seven, Sarah Orne Jewett published this classic novel of a female writer looking for seclusion and inspiration in the coastal town of Dunnet Landing, Maine. Returning to the women and men of small New England towns for the accompanying collection of short fiction, this remarkable volume weaves a colorful and moving tapestry of the grand complexities, joys, and beauties of life. "The young student of American Literature in far distant years to come will take up this book and say 'a masterpiece.'"-- Willa Cather
J. D. Salinger - Hapworth 16, 1924
Salinger mindezidáig utolsónak (1965-ben) kiadott elbeszélése, mely a New Yorker-ban jelent meg. Az írás a Glass-család egyik legellentmondásosabb tagja, Seymour Glass szemszögéből mutatja be az eseményeket. Az egész elbeszélés egy nagyon hosszú levél, melyet a kis Seymour (8-10 éves) ír egy nyári táborból szülei számára. Kissé elnyújtott, és "túl" intellektuálisan megfogalmazott, hosszú körmondatokkal tarkított írás ez, mely a kisfiú végtelen zsenialitását hivatott kiemelni - azon kisfiúét, aki majd házasságát követően öngyilkosságot követ el nászútján. Érdekes darab, de inkább csak a Salinger-műveket - és főleg a Glass-család karaktereit - jobban ismerőknek.
Jack London - The White Silence / A fehér csend
A kétnyelvű olvasókönyvek eredeti, átdolgozatlan irodalmi szövegeket tartalmaznak és magyar műfordításaikat. Az angol szöveg alatt szereplő szómagyarázatok és a szemközti oldalon közölt magyar fordítás a nyelvtanulók számára lehetővé teszik a szöveg szótárazás nélküli, folyamatos olvasását. A szómagyarázatokat, az egyes fordítási megoldásokat elemző kommentárokat és az angol és a magyar szövegben kiemelt, egymásra utaló kifejezéseket a nyelvtanulók sokféleképpen hasznosíthatják: a könyv fejleszti a szókincset, javítja a szövegértési készséget, és segítséget nyújt fordítási problémák megoldásához.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Benjamin Button különös élete
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) 20. század egyik legjelesebb és legnagyobb hatású amerikai modernista regény- és novellaírója, aki az első világháború utáni évek generációjához, az úgy nevezett „Elveszett nemzedékhez” tartozott. Az 1922-ben íródott elbeszélés Benjamin Button életét mutatja be, születésétől halála napjáig, aki 1860-ban látta meg a napvilágot egy különleges rendellenességgel: aggastyánként született és előreláthatóan újszülöttként fog majd távozni a világból. F. Scott Fitzgerald megrendítő és elgondolkoztató novellája a másság elfogadásáról, illetve el nem fogadásáról szól, s érzékletesen mutatja be, hogyan változnak meg az ember kapcsolatai, amikor már kevésbé van rá szükség. A történet 2008-ban a három Oscar-díjjal jutalmazott azonos című film alapjául szolgált, melynek főszerepét Brad Pitt és Cate Blanchett alakították. A kötetben nem csupán a magyar fordítás, hanem az eredeti angol nyelvű elbeszélés is olvasható.
Robin Sloan - Ajax Penumbra
San Francisco, 1969. The summer of drugs, music and a new age dawning. A young, earnest Ajax Penumbra has been given his first assignment as a Junior Acquisitions Officer - to find the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. After a few weeks of rigorous hunting, Penumbra feels no closer to his goal than when he started. But late one night, after another day of dispiriting dead ends, he stumbles upon a 24-hour bookstore and the possibilities before him expand exponentially. With the help of his friend's homemade computer, an ancient map, a sunken ship and the vast shelves of the 24-hour bookstore, Ajax Penumbra might just find what he's seeking...
Ray Bradbury - The Toynbee Convector
A superlative new collection of twenty-two stories by the author of "The Martian Chronicles" includes the continuating saga of H.G. Well's time traveller and his Toynbee Convector, a ghost on the Orient Express, and a bored man who creates his own genuine Egyptian mummy
Truman Capote - The Grass Harp
Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, "that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life." This volume also includes Capote's A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called "unobtrusively beautiful . . . a superlative book."
Sylvia Plath - Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
"What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.... If I sit still and don't do anything, the world goes on beating like a slack drum, without meaning. We must be moving, working, making dreams to run toward; the poverty of life without dreams is too horrible to imagine."-- Sylvia Plath, from Notebooks, February 1956 Renowned for her poetry, Sylvia Plath was also a brilliant writer of prose. This collection of short stories, essays, and diary excerpts highlights her fierce concentration on craft, the vitality of her intelligence, and the yearnings of her imaginaton. Featuring an introduction by Plath's husband, the late British poet Ted Hughes, these writings also reflect themes and images she would fully realize in her poetry. Jonny Panic and the Bible of Dreams truly showcases the talent and genius of Sylvia Plath.
Julie Kagawa - Iron's Prophecy
Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way. But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… A novella from the bestselling Iron Fey series
Alice Walker - The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart
From the author of THE COLOR PURPLE, fiction and autobiography blend in this fabulously rich collection of short stories 'These are the stories that came to me to be told after the close of a magical marriage to an extraordinary man that ended in a less-than-magical divorce. I found myself unmoored, unmated, ungrounded in a way that challenged everything I'd ever thought about human relationships. Situated squarely in that terrifying paradise called freedom, precipitously out on so many emotional limbs, it was as if I had been born; and in fact I was being reborn as the woman I was to become' The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart starts with a lyrical, autobiographical story of the breakdown of a marriage during the early years of the civil rights movement. Alice Walker then goes on to imagine stories that grew out of the life following that marriage. Filled with wonder at the capacity of humans to move through love and loss, this is an uplifting read that showcases the authors warmth, wit and wisdom.
Roberto Bolaño - The Return
A stunning collection of short stories - mostly dealing with the sex trade - by the late Chilean master and author of The Savage Detectives. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories that seem to tell what Bolano called “the secret story,” “the one we’ll never know.” Bent on returning to haunt you, Bolano’s tales might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend, or soccer, witchcraft, or a dream of meeting the poet Enrique Lihn:they always surprise. Consider the title story: a young partygoer collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor. Just as his soul is departing his body,it realizes strange happenings are afoot around his now dead body — and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano’s own).
Roberto Bolaño - The Insufferable Gaucho
As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano's short stories is that they can do the "work of a novel." The Insufferable Gaucho contains tales bent on returning to haunt you. Unpredictable and daring, highly controlled yet somehow haywire, a Bolano story might concern an elusive plagiarist or an elderly lawyer giving up city life for an improbable return to the family estate, now gone to wrack and ruin. Bolano's stories have been applauded as "bleakly luminous and perfectly calibrated" (Publishers Weekly) and "complex and provocative" (International Herald Tribune), and as Francine Prose said in The New York Times Book Review, "something extraordinarily beautiful and (at least to me) entirely new." Two fascinating essays are also included
John Crowley - Novelties and Souvenirs
A master literary stylist, John Crowley has carried readers to diverse and remarkable places in his award-winning, critically acclaimed novels -- from his classic fable, Little, Big, to his New York Times Notable Book, The Translator. Now, for the first time, all of his short fiction has been collected in one volume, demonstrating the scope, the vision, and the wonder of one of America's greatest storytellers. Courage and achievement are celebrated and questioned, paradoxes examined, and human frailty appreciated in fifteen tales, at once lyrical and provocative, ranging fromthe fantastic to the achingly real. Be it a tale of an expulsion from Eden, a journey through time, the dreams of a failed writer, ora dead woman's ambiguous legacy, each story in Novelties & Souvenirs is a glorious reading experience, offering delights to be savored ... and remembered.
Larry Niven - A Hole in Space
The Perfect Crime: The invention of displacement booths produced one hell of a crime wave. If a man in, say, Hawaii could commit murder in, say, Chicago and be back in the time it would take him to visit the men's room, he would have a perfect alibi. And the police would have a problem. But that's only one of the problems found in Larry Niven's universe, in this collection of stories all about teleportation, deep space, black holes, artificial worlds and Louis Wu--our old friend from the "Known Space" cycle--Niven once again proves he's a master builder of fantastic worlds!
Katie McGarry - Crossing the Line
Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, _Pushing the Limits_. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love… Lila McCormick first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most. Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Tales of the Jazz Age
Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces as well as several other stories from his earlier career. One, "May Day," depicts a party at a popular club in New York that becomes a night of revelry during which former soldiers and an affluent group of young people start an anti-Bolshevik demonstration that results in an attack on a leftist newspaper office. "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is a fantastic satire of the selfishness endemic to the wealthy and their undying pursuit to preserve that way of life. All of these stories, like his best novels, meld Fitzgerald's fascination with wealth with an awareness of a larger world, creating a subtle social critique. With his discerning eye, Fitzgerald elucidates the interactions of the young people of post-World War I America who, cut off from traditions, sought their place in the modern world amid the general hysteria of the period that inaugurated the age of jazz. This new edition reproduces in full the original collection, stories that represent a clear movement in theme and character development toward what would become The Great Gatsby. In introducing each story, Fitzgerald offers accounts of its textual history, revealing decisions about which stories to include.
Robert W. Chambers - The King in Yellow
With its strange, imaginative blend of horror, science fiction, romance and lyrical prose, Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow is a classic masterpiece of weird fiction. This series of vaguely connected stories is linked by the presence of a monstrous and suppressed book which brings fright, madness and spectral tragedy to all those who read it. An air of futility and doom pervade these pages like a sweet insidious poison. Dare you read it? This collection has been called the most important book in American supernatural fiction between Poe and the moderns. H. P. Lovecraft, creator of the famed Cthulu mythos, whose own fiction was greatly influenced by this book stated that The King in Yellow ‘achieves notable heights of cosmic fear’.
J. D. Salinger - Nine Stories
Including: * "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" (1948) * "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" (1948) * "Just Before the War with the Eskimos" (1948) * "The Laughing Man" (1949) * "Down at the Dinghy" (1949) * "For Esmé – with Love and Squalor" (1950) * "Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes" (1951) * "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" (1952) * "Teddy" (1953)
Ismeretlen szerző - The Best American Short Stories of the Century
Since the series' inception in 1915, the annual volumes of The Best American Short Stories have launched literary careers, showcased the most compelling stories of each year, and confirmed for all time the significance of the short story in our national literature. Now THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY brings together the best -- fifty-six extraordinary stories that represent a century's worth of unsurpassed achievements in this quintessentially American literary genre. This expanded edition includes a new story from The Best American Short Stories 1999 to round out the century, as well as an index including every story published in the series. Of all the writers whose work has appeared in the series, only John Updike has been represented in each of the last five decades, from his first appearance, in 1959, to his most recent, in 1998. Updike worked with coeditor Katrina Kenison to choose the finest stories from the years since 1915. The result is "extraordinary . . . A one-volume literary history of this country's immeasurable pains and near-infinite hopes" (Boston Globe).