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Forty Stories

Donald Barthelme - Author

Dave Eggers - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780142437810 | 272 pages | 25 Jan 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.19 x 7.91in | 18 - AND UP
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"Barthelme knows just how supple our language is, and he is a magician with it." —Los Angeles Times

William H. Gass has written of Donald Barthelme that “he has permanently enlarged our perception of the possibilities open to short fiction.” In Forty Stories, the companion volume to Sixty Stories, we encounter a dazzling array of subjects: Paul Klee, Goethe, Captain Blood, modern courtship, marriage and divorce, armadillos, and other unique Barthelmean flights of fancy. These pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces tangle with the ludicrous, pose questions that remain unresolved, and challenge familiar bits of language heretofore unexamined. Forty Stories demonstrates Barthelme’s unrivaled ability to surprise, to stimulate, and to explore.

Forty Stories Introduction by Dave Eggers

Chablis
On the Deck
The Genius
Opening
Sindbad
The Explanation
Concerning the Bodyguard
Rif
The Palace at Four A.M.
Jaws
Conversations with Goethe
Affection
The New Owner
Paul Klee
Terminus
The Educational Experience
Bluebeard
Departures
Visitors
The Wound
At the Tolstoy Museum
The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace
A Few Moments of Sleeping and Waking
The Temptation os St. Anthony
Sentence
Pepperoni
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friends
Lightning
The Catechist
Porcupines at the University
Sakrete
Captain Blood
110 West Sixty-First Street
The Film
Overnight to Many Distant Cities
Construction
Letters to the Editore
Great Days
The Baby
January
...a voice that remains uniquely rewarding and often sounds ageless. (The New York Times Book Review)