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ISBN13: 9780142437810
ISBN10: 0142437816
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Publisher Comments:

William H. Gass has written of Donald Barthelme that "he has permanently enlarged our perception of the possibilities open to short fiction."

In Forty Stories, the companion volume to Sixty Stories, we encounter a dazzling array of subjects: Paul Klee, Goethe, Captain Blood, modern courtship, marriage and divorce, armadillos, and other unique Barthelmean flights of fancy. These pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces tangle with the ludicrous, pose questions that remain unresolved, and challenge familiar bits of language heretofore unexamined.

Forty Stories demonstrates Barthelme's unrivaled ability to surprise, to stimulate, and to explore.

Review:

"[A] voice that remains uniquely rewarding and often sounds ageless." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Barthelme knows just how supple our language is, and he is a magician with it." Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to the New Yorker and taught creative writing at the University of Houston. In his career, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, among others.

Table of Contents

Forty Stories Introduction by Dave Eggers

Chablis

On the Deck

The Genius

Opening

Sindbad

The Explanation

Concerning the Bodyguard

Rif

The Palace at Four A.M.

Jaws

Conversations with Goethe

Affection

The New Owner

Paul Klee

Terminus

The Educational Experience

Bluebeard

Departures

Visitors

The Wound

At the Tolstoy Museum

The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace

A Few Moments of Sleeping and Waking

The Temptation os St. Anthony

Sentence

Pepperoni

Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friends

Lightning

The Catechist

Porcupines at the University

Sakrete

Captain Blood

110 West Sixty-First Street

The Film

Overnight to Many Distant Cities

Construction

Letters to the Editore

Great Days

The Baby

January

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lukas, November 18, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
Dave Eggers writes an unbearable introduction for this collection, but it's totally fitting as this is basically ground zero for the McSweeney's (and George Saunders) house style: deeply ironic, po-mo and slightly absurd. Barthleme did it first and did it better, without the twee-ness and self-consciousness that mars the work of his successors. This is post-modern writing at its most playful and witty, with stories about Goethe, Paul Klee, armadillos and Bluebeard. "Sentence" is exactly that: a story made up of a single sentence. "Conversations with Goethe," "Porcupines at the University" and "Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby," in which a co-worker is hanged, could be published today and would not seem dated at all. A master.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437810
Author:
Barthelme, Donald
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Eggers, Dave
Introduction:
Eggers, Dave
Subject:
General
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Experimental fiction, American
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.79x5.04x.48 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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