Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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
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