Paris Stories

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New York Review of Books, Apr 27, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to The New Yorkerfor close to fifty years who has, in the words of The New York Times, "radically reshaped the short story for decade after decade." Michael Ondaatje's new selection of Gallant's work gathers some of the most memorable of her stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times.
 

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User Review  - Hagelstein - LibraryThing

Some of the most skillful, insightful and elegant stories. Self-exiled to Paris by choice, the Canadian born Gallant wrote (in this collection) about exiles. A former German POW in “The Latehomecomer ... Read full review

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User Review  - TomMcGreevy - LibraryThing

Gallant's writing is pointillist, if one can refer to prose in this way ... a great deal of detail but often not tied to conventional narrative. Her tone usually is unsympathetic - she reports, does ... Read full review

Contents

Irina
31
The Latehomecomer
51
In Transit
73
From the Fifteenth District
119
Baum Gabriel 1935
171
The Remission
195
Grippes and Poches
237
Forain
257
August
275
Mlle Dias de Corta
315
Afterword
365
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About the author (2011)

Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal and worked as a journalist at the Montreal Standard before moving to Europe to devote herself to writing fiction. After traveling extensively she settled in Paris, where she still resides. She is the recipient of the 2002 Rea Award for the Short Story and the 2004 PEN/Nabokov Award for lifetime achievement. New York Review Books Classics has published previous collections of Gallant's stories, Varieties of Exile and The Cost of Living.

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