Sixty Stories

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 451 pages
35 Reviews

With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

  

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His writing is so fresh, so full of brio, wit and zip. - Goodreads
What's important is imagery more than "meaning." - Goodreads
Barthelme is the short story writer for me. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Young Napoleon - Goodreads

I cannot justify this 4 stars. I will include the little blow-by-blow scores I gave each of the sixty stories - the score is out of ten, & it doesn't look pretty. However, I, for the most part, trust ... Read full review

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User Review  - Guttersnipe Das - Goodreads

Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories Penguin, 1982 introduction by David Gates (2003) When I was 20 I tried to read Nabokov, and couldn't, and knew it was my problem, not his. When I was 25 I could read ... Read full review

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Contents

Margins
1
A Shower of Gold
7
Me and Miss Mandible
17
For Im the Boy
29
Will You Tell Me?
37
The Balloon
46
The President
52
Game
56
A Preliminary Account
239
A Manual for Sons
243
At the End of the Mechanical Age
267
Rebecca
275
The Captured Woman
280
I Bought a Little City
290
The Sergeant
297
The School
304

Alice
61
Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning
68
Report
78
The Dolt
83
See the Moon?
90
The Indian Uprising
102
Views of My Father Weeping
109
Paraguay
121
On Angels
129
The Phantom of the Operas Friend
132
City Life
137
Kierkegaard Unfair to Schlegel
154
The Falling Dog
163
The Policemens Ball
169
The Glass Mountain
172
Critique de la Vie Quotidienne
177
The Sandman
185
Traumerei
193
The Rise of Capitalism
198
A City of Churches
203
Daumier
208
The Party
225
Eugenie Grandet
230
The Great Hug
308
Our Work and Why We Do It
312
The Crisis
318
Cortes and Montezuma
323
The New Music
332
The Zombies
345
The King of Jazz
349
Morning
354
The Death of Edward Lear
359
The Abduction from the Seraglio
363
On the Steps of the Conservatory
367
The Leap
374
Aria
381
The Emerald
384
How I Write My Songs
413
The Farewell
419
The Emperor
424
Thailand
428
Heroes
432
Bishop
438
Grandmothers House
444
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About the author (2003)

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.


David Gates is a book critic at Newsweek. He is the author of three acclaimed works of fiction.

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