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International Short Stories In Your Library
Call Number: LLA
Brings together six stories from six different countries (India, Argentina, Russia, New Zealand, Sudan and Australia). They tell the tales of families and individuals, of love, loss and struggles against adversity. Their universal themes are coloured by the culture and society of the countries they describe. These advanced-level Readers contain a variety of original short stories written by famous classic and modern writers. They are perfect for those students who are ready to make the transition from graded readers to unadapted English literature texts.
A thousand years of good prayers by
Call Number: LI
Chinese short stories. Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers introduces a remarkable first collection of stories about China from an author set to become a major literary talent. In this extraordinary first collection, Yiyun Li brings us a modern China facing up to a complex history of repression and guilt. In Immortality, winner of the Paris Review prize, a young man bears a striking resemblance to the dictator, and so finds a strange kind of calling. In Extra, first published in the New Yorker, a Chinese woman, alone in middle age, befriends a young boy who has become an outcast in a remote country school. In their friendship, we see how love can begin to overcome the strictures that dominate their lives. In turn horrifying and breathtakingly lyrical, Yiyun Li, a new and talented young Chinese writer, confronts the silence that dominated the history of her country, and illuminates how mythology, politics, history and culture intersect with personality. She leaves us with an enduring vision of a country undergoing tremendous change.
A hammock beneath the mangoes
Call Number: COL
Latin American short stories. Colchie assembles an outstanding anthology of Latin American short stories; he draws heavily on familiar names, but eight of the 26 writers included in this selection are translated here for the first time.
The man in the shed by
Call Number: JON
New Zealand short stories. A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman. A man builds a swing in the backyard to sit between his wife and her lover. A couple gives up their seat on a bus for lovers soon to be parted. A boy sees his mother come to life gliding on roller skates. This book is a collection of stories about family and longing.
Contents: The man in the shed -- The thing that distresses me the most -- Lost cities -- The Simpsons in Russia -- Where the Harleys live -- Still lives -- The waiting room -- Dogs -- Broken machinery -- What we normally do on a Sunday -- Going to war for Mrs Austen -- Swimming to Australia -- Who's that dancing with my mother? -- Amateur nights.
The world's greatest short stories
Call Number: WOR
American, British, Irish and Western European short stories. Ranging from the 19th to the 20th centuries, writers include Poe, Chekhov, Joyce, Kafka, Faulkner, Pirandello, Mann, and other major writers of world literature.
Great short short stories
Call Number: GRE
Short stories by American, British, German and Russian authors. This outstanding collection of more than 30 brilliant short stories — each just six or fewer pages in length — includes such popular tales as Kafka's A Country Doctor, Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, Chopin's A Pair of Silk Stockings, plus works by Dickens, O. Henry, Chekhov, Wilde, and many others.
Speak the truth, laughing
Call Number: ZWI
South African short stories. The characters in these eleven stories range from a political activist, in the apartheid years, released from a South African jail into a seemingly uncaring world, to a child of immigrant parents living between two cultures; from the daughter of a tribal chief who returns from the city to her arid homeland in the heart of Africa, to the tragic love of a Rabbi and his wife in an East European shelter; from a dingo pursued to its inevitable end by the people of a small Australian town, to a South African farmer who allows his land to revert to its natural state. In her struggle to arrive at the truth of a situation, Rose Zwi's stories are leavened with humour and humanity. In the story which gives the name to this collection 'To Speak the Truth, Laughing', a politically inexperienced white woman joins an illegal march into a black township to protest against the arrest of black schoolchildren who have rebelled against the system. In another story, 'Conquest of America', a writer arrives in New York in search of a literary agent. Her present agent has axed her.