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Stories in Another Language

Murphy, Yannick

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ISBN 10: 0394557077 / ISBN 13: 9780394557076
Published by Knopf, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (first printing). The first book by the author of THE SEA OF TREES and THE CALL, a well-received story collection featuring people surviving by whatever horrible means they can manage. Fine/Fine. Light offsetting to the front free end paper, else very clean. Signed and dated April 27, '08 by Murphy on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 1818

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Title: Stories in Another Language

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Projecting new kinds of images of sex, violence, and death, this collection of short stories treats such subjects as the allure of violence, and the sexual play that binds sister and brother, and father and daughter

From Publishers Weekly:

Murphy's fictional debut evinces a deadpan voice that powerfully taps the interior world of emotions and thoughts. Though they are evocative and intriguing, however, these experiments with language do not add up to substantive short stories. Many of the 17 pieces are fragmentary; the last contribution, "The Killer," is a mere paragraph. The author is clearly fascinated with the dynamics of death: in "The Slit," "The Summer the Men Landed on the Moon" and "A Good Father," a child protagonist observes how adults deal with the death of another child; the first-person young narrator of "Where Dead Is Best," puts his head through the noose that hanged a neighbor. Another favorite theme is incest ("a father and a daughter courting until death made them part" in "Ball and Socket," and between siblings in "Headdress"). Murphy masterfully recreates childhood games and family idiosyncrasies, and her keen eye for small, mundane details captures the likes of bumper stickers and stretch marks ("all of the places on her skin that showed you she had children, like the rings on the insides of trees or the squares on turtles"). Unfortunately, many readers will conclude that Murphy's stories are written in another language, a private, inscrutable tongue.
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