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"Ozick can be as cruel and devious and damning as any of her characters, but her writing also fills the reader with 'Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love' (the working title of her first, abandoned novel). We are all deceivers and the deceived, and yet the 'universal language' that Ozick employs in this collection allows us insight into the truths, both lovely and grotesque, that illuminate our hearts of darkness." David Wiley, Rain Taxi (read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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Publisher Comments:

A triptych of beautifully crafted novellas make up Anita Desais exquisite new book. Set in modern India, but where history still casts a long shadow, the stories move beyond the cities to places still haunted by the past, and to characters who are, each in their own way, masters of self-effacement. 

In ‘The Museum of Final Journeys an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures, each sent home by the absent, itinerant master. As he is taken through the estate, wondering whether to save these precious relics, he reaches the final - greatest - gift of all, looming out of the shadows. 

  

In ‘Translator, Translated, middle-aged Prema meets her successful publisher friend Tara at a school reunion. Tara hires her as a translator, but Prema, buoyed by her work and the sense of purpose it brings, begins deliberately to blur the line between writer and translator, and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements.

  

The final story is of Ravi, living hermit-like in the burnt-out shell of his family home high up in the Himalayan mountains. He cultivates not only silence and solitude but a secret hidden away in the woods, concealed from sight. When a film crew from Delhi intrude upon his seclusion, it compels him to withdraw even further until he magically and elusively disappears…

    

Rich and evocative, remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling, these stories remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.

Review:

"There are many reasons to admire Cynthia Ozick's fiction — stylistic verve, sly humor, kindliness, engagement with serious themes (the Holocaust, in particular), an affection for New York's ethnic life, the comforting sense she conveys that a reader is in good hands. Moreover, while Ozick the essayist tends to write long and, for all her brilliance, sometimes overly virtuosic pieces (see, for instance,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Four stories of comedy, deception, and revenge, including one previously unpublished, from the acclaimed author of Heir to the Glimmering World.

Cynthia Ozicks new work of fiction brings together four long stories that showcase this incomparable writers sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart. Each starts in the comic mode, with heroes who suffer from willful self-deceit. These not-so-innocents proceed from self-deception to deceiving others, who do not take it lightly. Revenge is the consequence — and for the reader, a delicious, if dark, recognition of emotional truth.

The glorious new novella “Dictation” imagines a fateful meeting between the secretaries to Henry James and Joseph Conrad at the peak of their fame. Timid Miss Hallowes, who types for Conrad, comes under the influence of Jamess Miss Bosanquet, high-spirited, flirtatious, and scheming. In a masterstroke of genius, Ozick hatches a plot between them to insert themselves into posterity.

Ozick is at her most devious, delightful best in these four works, illuminating the ease with which comedy can glide into calamity.

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of "Heir to the Glimmering World" comes this new work of fiction that brings together four long stories, including the novella-length "Dictation," all of which showcase this incomparable writer's sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart.

Synopsis:

Award-winning novelist Anita Desai explores time and transformation in these three artful novellas

About the Author

CYNTHIA OZICK is the author of numerous acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.

Table of Contents

Contents

Dictation 1 Actors 51 At Fumicaro 87 What Happened to the Baby? 135

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547054001
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Author:
Ozick, Cynthia
Author:
Desai, Anita
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Deception
Subject:
Revenge
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111206
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.4 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Dictation: A Quartet
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Product details 176 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780547054001 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Ozick can be as cruel and devious and damning as any of her characters, but her writing also fills the reader with 'Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love' (the working title of her first, abandoned novel). We are all deceivers and the deceived, and yet the 'universal language' that Ozick employs in this collection allows us insight into the truths, both lovely and grotesque, that illuminate our hearts of darkness." (read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Synopsis" by ,
Four stories of comedy, deception, and revenge, including one previously unpublished, from the acclaimed author of Heir to the Glimmering World.

Cynthia Ozicks new work of fiction brings together four long stories that showcase this incomparable writers sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart. Each starts in the comic mode, with heroes who suffer from willful self-deceit. These not-so-innocents proceed from self-deception to deceiving others, who do not take it lightly. Revenge is the consequence — and for the reader, a delicious, if dark, recognition of emotional truth.

The glorious new novella “Dictation” imagines a fateful meeting between the secretaries to Henry James and Joseph Conrad at the peak of their fame. Timid Miss Hallowes, who types for Conrad, comes under the influence of Jamess Miss Bosanquet, high-spirited, flirtatious, and scheming. In a masterstroke of genius, Ozick hatches a plot between them to insert themselves into posterity.

Ozick is at her most devious, delightful best in these four works, illuminating the ease with which comedy can glide into calamity.

"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of "Heir to the Glimmering World" comes this new work of fiction that brings together four long stories, including the novella-length "Dictation," all of which showcase this incomparable writer's sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart.
"Synopsis" by ,
Award-winning novelist Anita Desai explores time and transformation in these three artful novellas
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