A Dove of the East and Other Stories

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Random House, Aug 1, 1984 - Fiction - 219 pages
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The twenty stories here, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker and have since been anthologized throughout the world, are strikingly beautiful essays on enduring and universal questions: In Rome, in the hour of his death, and American priest must choose between his Church and his God. An Israeli scout risks the safety and respect of his comrades in an act of transfiguring gentleness and charity. In a hot, dirty typewriter ribbon factory in the Bronx, a young man finds love. A Dutch child in a Canadian orphanage carries in her heart, her love for her parents and the pain of war. A soldier is overpowered by his days of burying the dead. A Sicilian widow meditates on the end of her family line. These twenty stories are strikingly beautiful pieces on enduring, universal questions by a writer the San Francisco Review of Books calls "a master crafter of the short story."

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User Review  - tloeffler - LibraryThing

Twenty short stories by Mark Helprin. Although reviews of the stories seem to find a theme, I didn't find one. Instead, I was caught up in the beauty of the writing, the descriptive phrases one of ... Read full review

A DOVE OF THE EAST: And Other Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A collection of short stories, often short short stories, which travel all around the world but retain the same timeless constants. Revelations, memories, or "moments full of cognizance and dream ... Read full review

Contents

A JEW OF PERSIA
13
BECAUSE OF THE WATERS OF THE FLOOD
36
KATRINA KATRIN
49
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Mark Helprin was born in Manhattan, New York on June 28, 1947. He received degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, and Columbia University. He has served in the British Merchant Navy, the Israeli infantry, and the Israeli Air Force. He is the author of numerous novels including Refiner's Fire, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir from Antproof Case, Freddy and Fredericka, and In Sunlight and In Shadow. Winter's Tale was adapted into a movie in 2014. His short story collection, Ellis Island and Other Stories, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1981. His other short story collections include A Dove of the East and Other Stories and The Pacific and Other Stories. He also writes children's books including Swan Lake, A City in Winter, and The Veil of Snows. He has received several awards including the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix de Rome, the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2006, and the Salvatori Prize in the American Founding in 2010.

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