The Collected Stories: World's End; Sinning with Annie; Jungle Bells; the Consul's File; the London Embassy;

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Penguin UK, May 3, 2012 - Fiction - 672 pages
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'No one ever sees me write. One of the triumphs of fiction is that it is created in the dark. It leaves my house in a plain wrapper, with no bloodstains. Unlike me, my stories are whole and indestructible.' In The Collected Stories, Paul Theroux's canvas stretches from London to South-East Asia, from Boston to Paris, from Africa to Eastern Europe and from Moscow to the tropics in this vibrant collection.

Full of suspense and the unexpected, these stories by the acclaimed author of The Old Patagonian Express and Dark Star Safari delve into the worlds of a vast spectrum of characters and display throughout a flair that shows Theroux to be a master of the form.

Praise for Paul Theroux:

'A shimmering, kaleidoscopic and very entertaining collection' Sunday Telegraph

'You close the book feeling you have read a single big narrative rather than a series of short ones . . . As a short-story writer, he makes a terrific novelist' Sunday Times

'Theroux willingly explores the blighted territory of a failing marriage; the tangled jungle of a mad poet's secret anti-Semitism; the belated sexual guilt of a Hindu . . . A book of many and varied pleasures; to read it is to feel alert, curious, adventurous' Observer

'Paul Theroux's writing is impeccable and thoughtfully entertaining . . . his artistry is individual, serene, yet also grainy with fierce truths' The Times

'One needs energy to keep up with the extraordinary productive restlessness of Paul Theroux . . . [He is] the most gifted, most prodigal writer of his generation' Jonathan Raban

Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941 and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His subsequent novels include The Family Arsenal, Picture Palace, The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician, My Secret History, My Other Life, and, most recently, A Dead Hand. His highly acclaimed travel books include Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Fresh Air Fiend, and Ghost Train to the Eastern Star. He divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian Islands.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The prolific Theroux (My Other Life, 1996, etc.) has published four volumes of short stories. This omnibus gathers all but two of the tales from Sinning with Annie (1972), The Consul's File (1977 ... Read full review

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As one might expect from the cosmopolitan and prolific Theroux (Kowloon Tong, LJ 3/1/97) the 60-some short stories here take place all over the globe, from Boston to Moscow, north to south, and take ... Read full review


The Imperial Icehouse Yard Sale
The English Adventure
After theWar Words are Deeds
Clapham Junction
The OddJob Man Portrait ofa Lady Part II Sinning with Annie
A Real Russian Ikon
A Love Knot
What HaveYou Doneto OurLeo?
A Deed withouta Name You Make MeMad Dog Days
Jungle Bells
The Consuls File
White Christmas

A Political Romance

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Paul Theroux has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including the modern classics The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, My Secret History and The Mosquito Coast. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.

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