The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories

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Daniel Halpern
Viking, 1999 - Fiction - 667 pages
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"With seventy-eight contributors from thirty-five countries, this new collection brings together the next generation of short story writers - those born after 1937 - who attest to the depth, range, and continued popularity of short fiction." "Readers will delight in the breadth of styles they find in these pages: from the earthiness of Julia Alvarez's "Amor Divino" to the lyricism of Colum McCann's "Everything in This Country Must." They will find stories for every state of mind, from Hanif Kureishi's sensual examination of the complexities of love, "Intimacy," to Ken Saro-Wiwa's searing epistle that chillingly foreshadows his own execution, "Africa Kills Her Sun.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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THE ART OF THE STORY: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This fat "companion volume" to Halpern's earlier anthology, The Art of the Tale (not reviewed), offers a generous sampling of contemporary short fiction (all 78 contributors were "born after 1937 ... Read full review

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User Review  - gwendolyndawson - LibraryThing

Fantastic collection of contemporary short stories from around the world. I love the variety of styles and traditions represented in this one volume. Read full review

Contents

Ama Ata Aidoo ghana A Gift from Somewhere
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Hanan AlShaykh Lebanon The Keeper of the Virgins
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Julia Alvarez UNITED states Amor Divino
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About the author (1999)

Daniel Halpern is the author of eight collections of poetry, and has received numerous grants and awards (including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 1993 PEN Publisher Citation). For twenty-five years he edited the literary magazine Antaeus. He is currently Editorial Director of The Ecco Press/HarperCollins and divides his time between Princeton, New Jersey and New York City.

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