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Forty-nine short stories, selected for their richness of detail, accurate depictions of human passion, and international scope, fill this collection. The authors include Americans such as Hemingway, Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Flannery O'Connor, 19th and 20th century Western European giants such as Proust, Sartre, Flaubert, Kafka, Mann, Pirandello, Rilke, and Balzac, Russian icons Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, and Chekhov, and Asian writers Rabindranath Tagore and Lu Hsun. While many of the names are recognizable (though some, such as Bunin, Lagerlof, Nexo, and Svevo rank among the lesser-known), Neider has favored gems less familiar to the average reader.read more
A pretty inconsistent book for me. Although, it did get considerably better at around page 200. There are lots of classics in this anthology, a lot of well known stories and some lesser known ones, but it wasn't necessarily the most popular ones that took hold of me (Nabokov, Tolstoy, Sarte, etc.). Either way, I did find a good handful of new writers.It just goes to show that out of 49 stories (I guess, set in stone classics) it was fairly easy to order a top ten:01: A Dogs Tale - Twain02: The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller - Flaubert03: The Snows of Kilimanjaro - Hemingway04: That Evening Sun Go Down - Faulkner05: Birds of Passage - Nexo06: Solitude - Unamuno07: Idiots First - Malamud08: Mr. Aristotle - Silone09: A Passion in the Desert - Balzac10: The Massacre of the Innocents - Maeterlinckread more
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