In Strange Gardens and Other Stories

In these stories, Stamm's clean style expresses despair without flash, through softness and small gestures, with disarming retorts full of derision and infinite tenderness.


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590514108

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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With the precision of a surgeon, Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life. They are bankers, students, mothers, or retirees. They live in New York City or somewhere in Switzerland, they work in London or Riga, they cross paths in a Fado bar in Lisbon. They breathe the banal routine of daily life. It is to these ordinary people that Peter Stamm grants center stage in his latest collection of short stories. Henry, a cowherd turned stuntman, crisscrosses the country, dreaming of meeting a woman. Inger, the Dane, refuses her skimpy life and takes off for Italy. Regina, so lonely in her big house since her children left and her husband passed away, discovers the world anew thanks to the Australian friend of her granddaughter, who helps Regina envision her next voyage. In these stories, Stamm's clean style expresses despair without flash, through softness and small gestures, with disarming retorts full of derision and infinite tenderness. There, where life hesitates, ready to tip over—with nothing yet played out—is where these people and their stories exist. For us, they all become exceptional. Praise for Unformed Landscape: "Sensitive and unnerving. . . . An uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home." —The New Republic Online

The Tree in the Garden and Other Stories

Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land brought the questing friends into a swamp
of perplexity; the prose, quo prose, was pretty ordinary, while the 'message' was
vague; more hopeful and silly than anything else. But of course that was just the ...


Author: Brooks Horsley

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781491728796

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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These stories are at right angles to things usual and familiar. What would happen if rainbows suddenly disappeared? How might the fallen angel tell the story of Adam and Eve? A walk in beautiful mountain country as a thing piercing and bleak beyond measure. A young terrorist dreams the impossible dream, and a young Harvard professor finds his weekend strangely frustrated and what comes of it. The reader will return from these and other stories to find his own world richer, stranger and more beautiful.

Philip and his garden with other stories By Charlotte Elizabeth

Not more strange , my dear , than the difference that you see in the faces of your
acquaintance . There are many hundred millions of human countenances in the
world , and probably not two among them , that perfectly resemble each other .


Author: Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna


ISBN: OXFORD:590986187



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Flash Fiction International Very Short Stories from Around the World

56, no. 2/3. Reprinted by permission of the author and translator. Peter Stamm, “
The Most Beautiful Girl,” translated by Michael Hoffman from In Strange Gardens
and Other Stories (2006). Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Other Press.


Author: James Thomas

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393352429

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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A dazzling new anthology of the very best very short fiction from around the world. What is a flash fiction called in other countries? In Latin America it is a micro, in Denmark kortprosa, in Bulgaria mikro razkaz. These short shorts, usually no more than 750 words, range from linear narratives to the more unusual: stories based on mathematical forms, a paragraph-length novel, a scientific report on volcanic fireflies that proliferate in nightclubs. Flash has always—and everywhere—been a form of experiment, of possibility. A new entry in the lauded Flash and Sudden Fiction anthologies, this collection includes 86 of the most beautiful, provocative, and moving narratives by authors from six continents, including best-selling writer Etgar Keret, Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah, Korean screenwriter Kim Young-ha, Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, and Argentinian “Queen of the Microstory” Ana María Shua, among many others. These brilliantly chosen stories challenge readers to widen their vision and celebrate both the local and the universal.

Contemporary World Fiction A Guide to Literature in Translation

Some other translated books written by Peter Stamm: In Strange Gardens and
Other Stories; Agnes; On a Day Like This Martin Suter. Small World. Translated
by Sandra Harper. London: Harvill, 2001. 247 pages. Genre/literary style/story
type: ...


Author: Juris Dilevko

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598849097

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 526

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This much-needed guide to translated literature offers readers the opportunity to hear from, learn about, and perhaps better understand our shrinking world from the perspective of insiders from many cultures and traditions. • Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language • 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles • Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries • 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords

The prince of Wales s garden party and other stories

thing about poor mother till then , and it seemed strange in any case he should
think of her ; but many things were strange about him . In the evenings , when Mrs
. Wilkins and his wife were at dinner , he would tell me about the pranks he had ...


Author: Charlotte Eliza L. Riddell


ISBN: OXFORD:600072722



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Peter Stamm's best-selling debut novel, Agnes, now available for the first time in paperback. “Write a story about me,” Agnes said to her lover, “so I know what you think of me.” So he started to write the story of everything that ...


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590518120

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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Peter Stamm's best-selling debut novel, Agnes, now available for the first time in the United States. "Write a story about me," Agnes said to her lover, "so I know what you think of me." So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met. At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur. In this unforgettable and haunting novel Stamm incisively examines the power of storytelling to influence thought and behavior, reaching a chilling conclusion.

A Night Garden and Other Stories

No librarian questioned hi odd requests, no librarian glanced twice at the strange
titles. They took the cards, handed over the books, and immediately forgot both
books and Grigor Przbewski. For a short while his droll reviews of non-existent ...


Author: Brian Drake


ISBN: 9781105676185

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

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Literary fiction of humor and horror, poetry and mystery, science fiction and myth, exploring the limits and inner and outer space. Short-short fictions of only a few lines hint at terrible depths. The long story "The Perquisites of His Position" tells a tale of ghostly revenge. The novella "The Darkness of the Heart" relates a story of the day slavery was abolished in Haiti. The satirical "Pangloss Triumphant" tells of a happy hermaphrodite. From the revelations of the aged Don Juan to the musings of B-movie actors trapped in deteriorating celluloid, from the voice of the ancient Sphinx to the senility of a quantum particle at the very end of the physical universe, the thirty-three artfully crafted stories presented here are full of deftly drawn characters, amazing plots, psychological insights, and universal truths.

We re Flying

These stories are a superb introduction to his work and a gift for all those who have come to regard his fiction as a precise rendering of the contemporary human psyche.


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590514191

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Following the publication of the widely acclaimed novel Seven Years comes a trove of stories from the Swiss master Peter Stamm. They all possess the traits that have built Stamm’s reputation: the directness of the prose, the deceptive surface simplicity of the narratives, and deep psychological insight into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life. Stamm does not waste a word, nor does he spare the reader’s feelings. These stories are a superb introduction to his work and a gift for all those who have come to regard his fiction as a precise rendering of the contemporary human psyche.

Seven Years

Alex is caught between two very different women.


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781847085535

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Alex is caught between two very different women. Sonia, his wife, is intelligent, beautiful, charming and ambitious and together they have established a successful architectural firm and a life of easy luxury. But in the background is Ivona, who is dull, plain and passive. The only thing she offers Alex is her love, unconditionally, which inspires in him a queasy mixture of repulsion and passion. Alex knows he must make a choice, but when Ivona becomes pregnant, life takes an unexpected turn which leaves him more puzzled than ever by the mysteries of desire.

Unformed Landscape

Unformed Landscape begins in a small village on a fjord in the Finnmark, on the northeastern coast of Norway, where the borders between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia lie covered in snow and darkness, where the real borders are between ...


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590514085

Category: Fiction

Page: 168

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Unformed Landscape begins in a small village on a fjord in the Finnmark, on the northeastern coast of Norway, where the borders between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia lie covered in snow and darkness, where the real borders are between day and night, summer and winter, and between people. Here, a sensitive young woman like Kathrine finds few outlets for her desires. Half Norwegian, half Sami (an indigenous people), Kathrine works for the customs office inspecting the fishing boats arriving regularly in the harbor. She is in her late 20s, has a son from an early marriage, and has drifted into a second loveless marriage to a man whose cold and dominating conventionality forms a bold stroke through the unformed landscape of her life. After she makes a discovery about her husband that deeply wounds her, Kathrine cuts loose from her moorings and her confusion and sets off in search of herself. Her journey begins aboard a ship headed south, taking her below the Arctic Circle for the first time in her life. Kathrine makes her way to France and has the bittersweet experience of a love affair that flares and dies quickly, her starved senses rewarded by the shimmering beauty of Paris. Through a series of poignant encounters, Kathrine is led to the richer life she was meant to have and is brave enough to claim. Using simple words strung together in a melodic alphabet, Peter Stamm introduces us, through a series of intimate sketches, to the heart of an unforgettable woman. Her story speaks eloquently about solitude, the fragility of love, lost illusions, and self-discovery. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Garden Party and Other Stories Level 5 Oxford Bookworms Library

ACTIVITIES After Reading 1 Perhaps this is what some of the characters in the
stories were thinking. Which characters were they (there is one from each story),
and what was happening in the story at that moment? 1 'Well, here's a new one!


Author: Katherine Mansfield

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780194786355

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 112

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A level 5 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Rosalie Kerr. Oh, how delightful it is to fall in love for the first time! How exciting to go to your first dance when you are a girl of eighteen! But life can also be hard and cruel, if you are young and inexperienced and travelling alone across Europe . . . or if you are a child from the wrong social class . . . or a singer without work and the rent to be paid. Set in Europe and New Zealand, these nine stories by Katherine Mansfield dig deep beneath the appearances of life to show us the causes of human happiness and despair.

The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn Other Stories

I Once upon a time, as the story-books say, a boy came over a ridge of hill, from
which a shallow vale ran out into the ... And between,in a garden wilderness, with
the evening flaming in its windows, stood Fountainblue, my little four-square ...


Author: John Buchan

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141889504

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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In 'The Strange Adventures of Mr Andrew Hawthorn' and the other stories in this collection, peculiar worlds of temptation, adventure or iniquity are perilously close at hand. Mr Hawthorn himself steps outside to allow his porridge to cool and disappears for five years and more, a Glasgow grocer is shipwrecked and ultimately worshipped as a god, a young mathematician discovers an entirely new aspect of reality and becomes terrified by what he finds there, and an ageing sinner clings grimly, weakly to a hard-won life of decency: John Buchan in each demonstrating his abilities as a gripping writer of short stories. In his introduction, Giles Foden explores Buchan's innate sense of the fascination held by sudden jeopardy and vanished comfort, and the themes of the will and fate in his work.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Stories

Incident of the Letter It was late in the afternoon when Mr Utterson found his way
to Dr Jekyll's door, where he was at once admitted by Poole, and carried down by
the kitchen offices and across a yard which had once been a garden, to the ...


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Publisher: Collector's Library

ISBN: 1904633439

Category: Fiction

Page: 311

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.0000000000The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a masterpiece of Victorian literature and one of the most potent and enduring of modern myths. Why has Dr Jekyll begun to associate with the ugly and violent Mr Hyde? When Jekyll's friend Utterson tries to solve this mystery he uncovers a horrific story of murder and suffering which leads eventually to the terrible revelation of Mr Hyde's true identity. Also in this volume are three other memorable stories: The Body Snatchers, Markheim and Olalla.With an Afterword by Peter Harness.

Katherine Mansfield s Fiction

She also wanted to show a more positive outlook on life , and for her to do this ,
she had to focus on childhood . The stories in The Garden Party and Other
Stories are much brighter than the others KM had written . It seems strange but
true that ...


Author: Patrick D. Morrow

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879725648

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 158

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This book attempts to analyze a major part of Mansfield's fiction, concentrating on an analysis of the various textures, themes, and issues, plus the point of view virtuosity that she accomplished in her short lifetime (34 years). Many of her most famous works, such as "Prelude" and "Bliss," are explicated, along with many of her less famous and unfinished stories.

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

... as though I were the last man on our planet.1 From far shores came those
white-sailed argosies of old; from far Eastern shores where warm suns shine and
sweet odours linger about strange gardens and gay temples. The old captains of
the ...


Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101157216

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fiction Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness. The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature

The garden of Allah . 1904 , New York ... Story . In the wilderness . 1917 , New
York ( 1917 ) . Mrs Marden . [ 1919 ) , New York ( 1919 ) . Snake - bite , and other
stories . 1919 , New ... ( 1950 ) , Philadelphia 1950 ( as Strange lady ) . The man
in ...


Author: George Watson

Publisher: CUP Archive


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 19

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More than fifty specialists have contributed to this new edition of volume 4 of The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. The design of the original work has established itself so firmly as a workable solution to the immense problems of analysis, articulation and coordination that it has been retained in all its essentials for the new edition. The task of the new contributors has been to revise and integrate the lists of 1940 and 1957, to add materials of the following decade, to correct and refine the bibliographical details already available, and to re-shape the whole according to a new series of conventions devised to give greater clarity and consistency to the entries.

The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness

I can still be persuaded, when I'm not in my right mind, that thin people are
happier, prettier, more focused, more balanced. At those moments I can ... did
everything, Della did. Wash, cook, clean, garden, shop, chauffeur, watch football
games ...


Author: Susan Koppelman

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1558614516

Category: Fiction

Page: 278

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Spanning a century, from Kate Chopin and Fannie Hurst to J. California Cooper and Elana Dykewomon, this bold and deeply satisfying anthology of women's stories explores women's relationships to, and perceptions of, their physical selves. Addressing the peculiarities, the pleasures, and the shames of body politics, these stories of bodies that refuse to be contained offer a variety of perspectives on fully inhabiting the flesh. Whether celebrating bodies deemed transgressive or simply daring to acknowledge that such bodies exist, these diverse literary representations of fatness render the excessive body brilliantly, unapologetically visible. Book jacket.

To the Back of Beyond

Man Booker Prize nominee Peter Stamm explores in his sixth novel what it means to be in the middle of nowhere, in mind and in body.


Author: Peter Stamm

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590518281

Category: Fiction

Page: 139

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Man Booker Prize nominee Peter Stamm explores in his sixth novel what it means to be in the middle of nowhere, in mind and in body. Happily married with two children and a comfortable home in a Swiss town, Thomas and Astrid enjoy a glass of wine in their garden on a night like any other. Called back to the house by their son's cries, Astrid goes inside, expecting her husband to join her in a bit. But Thomas gets up and, after a brief moment of hesitation, opens the gate and walks out. No longer bound by the ties of his everyday life--family, friends, work--Thomas begins a winding trek across the countryside, exposed as never before to the Alpine winter. At home, Astrid wonders where he's gone, when he'll come back, whether he's still alive. Following Thomas and Astrid on their separate paths, To the Back of Beyond becomes ultimately a meditation on the limits of freedom and on the craving to be wanted.

The Perseids and Other Stories

The story of an elusive, impossible door; a door, Wells had called it, “into peace,
into delight, into a beauty beyond dreaming.” There was a garden beyond Oscar
Ziegler's door. No, not a garden. A sort of forest. But very strange. A warm ...


Author: Robert Charles Wilson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429958004

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Robert Charles Wilson's time has come. His first novel from Tor, Darwinia, was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo award, and a #1 Locus bestseller in paperback. His next novel, Bios, is a critical and commercial success. Now Wilson's brilliant short science fiction is available in book form for the first time. Beginning with "The Perseids," winner of Canada's national SF award, this collection showcases Wilson's suppleness and strength: bravura ideas, scientific rigor, and living, breathing human beings facing choices that matter. Also included among the several stories herein are the acclaimed Hugo Award finalist "Divided by Infinity" and three new stories written specifically for this collection. "Beautifully observed, skillfully worked out: stories that flow subtly, almost imperceptably, from the prosaic to the preternatural."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.