stories by a modern masterof world literature
by Norman Thomas di Giovanniin collaboration with the author
blindness overtook him in the earlyfifties,
believed that his
as a writer of short stories was at an
Yet there were
stories to be
the impulse to
them was too strongto resist. The result—after a hiatus of
years—is the eleven masterful storiesin
Doctor Brodie's Report.
A number ofthem are clearly destined to become
S. Pritchett has written that
has"the art of enhancing the effects of the un
the sinister, and the ineluctable."
these stories, deceptively plain inthe telling, bear a unique magic.
Doctor Brodie's Report,
done my best—Idon't know with what success—to writestraightforward stories. I do not dare to
that they are simple; there isn't any
on earth a single page or single wordthat is, since
implies the uni
whose most obvious
is complexity My stories, like those of the
Thousandand One Nights, try
to be entertaining ormoving but not persuasive. ... The art of
is mysterious; the opinions we hold
ephemeral. . . ."All those who love a story
ter of the art
reason to rejoice at this
tales, includingeight which
never before appeared inbook form.