Sixty Stories

ISBN-10: 0142437395

ISBN-13: 9780142437391

Edition: 2003

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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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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/30/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Donald Barthelme was born on April 7, 1931, and was one of the major U.S. short story writers and novelists of the late twentieth century. Barthelme satirized American life. Born in Philadelphia, Barthelme spent part of his early life in Houston, Texas, and began to write fiction while working as a journalist, director of an art museum and university publicist. These occupations became fuel for his creative fire. His arsenal of techniques included parodies of television shows, radio plays and recipes, long and elaborate metaphors, complex dream sequences, and a break-neck narrative pace. After the publication of his first collection, Come Back Dr. Caligari (1964), Barthelme became a full-time writer of short stories and novels. The latter included Snow White (1967), The Dead Father (1975), and Paradise (1986). Barthelme also published three more short story collections, 60 Stories (1981), Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), and 40 Stories (1987). Barthelme died of cancer in 1989.

A Shower of Gold
Me and Miss Mandible
For I'm the Boy
Will You Tell Me?
The Balloon
The President
Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning
The Dolt
See the Moon?
The Indian Uprising
Views of My Father Weeping
On Angels
The Phantom of the Opera's Friend
City Life
Kierkegaard Unfair to Schlegel
The Falling Dog
The Policemen's Ball
The Glass Mountain
Critique de la Vie Quotidienne
The Sandman
The Rise of Capitalism
A City of Churches
The Party
Eugenie Grandet
Nothing: A Preliminary Account
A Manual for Sons
At the End of the Mechanical Age
The Captured Woman
I Bought a Little City
The Sergeant
The School
The Great Hug
Our Work and Why We Do It
The Crisis
Cortes and Montezuma
The New Music
The Zombies
The King of Jazz
The Death of Edward Lear
The Abduction from the Seraglio
On the Steps of the Conservatory
The Leap
The Emerald
How I Write My Songs
The Farewell
The Emperor
Grandmother's House
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