New york review books classics (By sequence number)

Rock Crystal

Rock Crystal


Adalbert Stifter

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Year of publication: 2008

Adalbert Stifter Rock Crystal ABOUT THE AUTHORS ADALBERT STIFTER 18051868, the son of a provincial linen weaver and flax merchant, was born in the rural Bohemian market town of Oberplan, then part of the Austrian Empire but today in the Czech Republic. When Stifter was still a child, his father was crushed under an overturned cart the family was left poor, but Stifters grandfather sent him to school at the the Benedictine Monastery of Kremsmunters and he proved a brilliant student. Stifter ...

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The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories

The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories


Mavis Gallant

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Year of publication: 2009

Mavis Gallant The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories INTRODUCTION I HAPPENED to have the privilege of interviewing Mavis Gallant while the present collection was being assembled. Sitting with her in February 2009 at the Village Voice Bookshop in Paris, I asked how she thought her stories, published over the course of half a century, had changed. I dont compare, she replied. Its just a straight line to me. To prove her point, she briefly lifted, with her fingers, an apricot-colored ...

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Varieties of Exile

Varieties of Exile


Mavis Gallant

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Year of publication: 2003

Mavis Gallant Varieties of Exile INTRODUCTION IN A CHARACTERISTIC mingling of modesty and fierce pride, Mavis Gallant has said that one of the hardest things in the world is to describe what happened next. Its hard because of the value- and emotion-laden nature, not just of memory, but of human consciousness itself. Though nothing truly escapes us, memory and mind from the moment of our birth are notoriously, almost hopelessly, selective, elliptical, and inventive. And memory and mind, for ...

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Agostino

Agostino


Alberto Moravia

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Year of publication: 2014

Alberto Moravia Agostino AGOSTINO 1 IN THE early days of summer, Agostino and his mother used to go out to sea every morning on a small rowboat typical of Mediterranean beaches known as a pattino. At first she brought a boatman along with them, but Agostino gave such clear signs of annoyance at the mans presence that the oars were then turned over to him. He rowed with deep pleasure on the smooth, diaphanous, early-morning sea, and his mother, sitting in front of him, would speak to him softly, ...

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Tun-huang

Tun-huang


Yasushi Inoue

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Year of publication: 2010

Yasushi Inoue Tun-huang ABOUT THE AUTHORS YASUSHI INOUE 19071991 was born on Hokkaid, Japans northernmost island, the eldest child of an army medical officer. After a youth devoted to poetry and judo, Inoue sat, unsuccessfully, for the entrance exam to the Kyushu Imperial University Medical School. He would go on to study philosophy and literature at Kyoto Imperial University, writing his thesis on Paul Valry. In 1935, newly married and with an infant daughter, Inoue became an arts reporter for ...

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Pitch Dark

Pitch Dark


Renata Adler

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Year of publication: 2013

Renata Adler Pitch Dark ABOUT THE AUTHOR RENATA ADLER was born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. from Harvard, a D.dE.S. from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.D. honorary from Georgetown. Adler became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1962 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, remained at The New Yorker for the next four decades. Her books include A Year in the Dark 1969 Toward a Radical Middle ...

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Speedboat

Speedboat


Renata Adler

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Year of publication: 2013

Renata Adler Speedboat ABOUT THE AUTHOR RENATA ADLER was born in Milan and raised in Connecticut. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr, an M.A. from Harvard, a D.dE.S from the Sorbonne, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.D. honorary from Georgetown. Adler became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1963 and, except for a year as the chief film critic of The New York Times, remained at The New Yorker for the next four decades. Her books include A Year in the Dark 1969 Toward a Radical Middle ...

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On the Abolition of All Political Parties

On the Abolition of All Political Parties


Simone Weil

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Year of publication: 2014

Simone Weil On the Abolition of All Political Parties ABOUT THE AUTHORS SIMONE WEIL 19091943 was one of the first female graduates of the cole Normale Suprieure and taught philosophy in provincial schools from 1931 to 1938. A Socialist, she worked for a time on the Renault assembly line and volunteered to fight against the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. In 1938, a mystical vision led Weil to convert to Roman Catholicism, though she refused the sacrament of baptism. Weil fled France for the ...

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A High Wind in Jamaica

A High Wind in Jamaica


Richard Hughes

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Year of publication: 1998

Richard Hughes A High Wind in Jamaica Introduction First the vague premonitory chill familiar, seductive, unwelcome then the syrupy aura coating the visible world, through which its colors and edges appear ever more lurid and sharpThe experience of reading Richard Hughess A High Wind in Jamaica a book in which swoons and febrile states play a critical role evokes the somatic sensations of falling ill, as a child. Indeed it recalls much about childhood that we thought or might have wished we ...

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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country


William Gass

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Year of publication: 2014

William Gass In the Heart of the Heart of the Country INTRODUCTION In the heart of the heart of this collection, deep inside the title story, the narrator contemplates his cat, Mr. Tick: You are a cat you cannot understand you are a cat so easily. The confident Mr. Tick, unlike the narrator, does not worry over his mortality or think about the burden of self-consciousness. He does not care that the past is past. He does not fear possibility or imagine himself as anything other than the cat he ...

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Dear Illusion: Selected Stories

Dear Illusion: Selected Stories


Kingsley Amis

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Year of publication: 2015

Kingsley Amis Dear Illusion: Selected Stories ABOUT THE AUTHORS KINGSLEY AMIS 19221995 was a popular and prolific British novelist, poet, and critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest satirical writers of the twentieth century. Born in suburban South London, the only child of a clerk in the office of the mustard-maker Colmans, he went to the City of London School on the Thames before winning an English scholarship to St. Johns College, Oxford, where he began a lifelong friendship with ...

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Talk

Talk


Linda Rosenkrantz

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Year of publication: 2015

Linda Rosenkrantz Talk BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES LINDA ROSENKRANTZ is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction including Telegram, a history of telegraphic communication and My Life as a List: 207 Things About My Bronx Childhood, a memoir and is the co-author of Gone Hollywood: The Movie Colony in the Golden Age. A longtime syndicated columnist, she was the founding editor of Auction magazine, as well as a founder of the popular baby-naming site Nameberry.com. Rosenkrantz was born and ...

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Fat City

Fat City


Leonard Gardner

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Year of publication: 2015

Leonard Gardner Fat City BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES LEONARD GARDNER was born in Stockton, California. His short stories and articles have appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Southwest Review, and Brick, among other magazines. His screen adaptation of Fat City was made into a film by John Huston in 1972 he subsequently worked as a writer for independent film and television. For his work on the series NYPD Blue he twice received a Humanitas Prize 1997 and 1999 as well as a Peabody Award 1998. In 2008 ...

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The Death of Napoleon

The Death of Napoleon


Simon Leys

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Year of publication: 2015

Simon Leys The Death of Napoleon BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES SIMON LEYS 19352014 was the pen name of Pierre Ryckmans, who was born in Belgium and settled in Australia in 1970. He taught Chinese literature at the Australian National University and was Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. Leys was a contributor to such publications as The New York Review of Books, Le Monde, and Le Figaro Littraire, writing on literature and contemporary China. Among his books are ...

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A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising


Miron Bialoszewski

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Year of publication: 2015

Miron Bialoszewski A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising ABOUT THE AUTHORS MIRON BIAOSZEWSKI 19221983 was born in Warsaw, the son of a postal clerk. During the German occupation of Poland in World War II, he studied Polish literature in an underground school, though he never obtained any kind of degree. Not a combatant, he was deported to a German work camp following the Warsaw Uprising, escaped after a month and, as the war drew to its end, returned to his devastated city. Biaoszewski worked as a ...

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