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Sixty Stories

Barthelme, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0142437395 / ISBN 13: 9780142437391
Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons (1981), New York, 1981
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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457 pages. A scarce proof copy. Title written in ink on the spine; publication date added by hand; Book of the Month Club notice taped onto front cover; description of contents pasted to inside front cover; else a fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 49133

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Title: Sixty Stories

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1981), New York

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into the literary equivalent of a Cuisinart and served up a gorgeous salad of American culture, high and low. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Barthelme's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

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.

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This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme's literary output during the 1960s and 1970s covers the period when the writer came to prominence--producing the stories, satires, parodies, and other formal experiments that altered fiction as we know it--and wrote many of the most beautiful sentences in the English language. Due to the unfortunate discontinuance of many of Barthelme's titles, 60 Stories now stands as one of the broadest overviews of his work, containing selections from eight previously published books, as well as a number of other short works that had been otherwise uncollected.

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