The complete short fiction of Harry Mark Petrakis, a master of the short story form who has been praised as "one of our finest writers" by the New York Times. Revealing commentaries by the author introduce each of the stories, from "Pericles on 31st Street," his first published work, to half a dozen stories appearing here for the first time in book form. Petrakis wrote a long, powerful new story, "Song of Songs," especially for this volume.
Ranging from the comic and the lusty to the tragic, the characters in these stories might be our neighbors, men and women of flesh and blood, loving, working and dying within what appear to be ordinary lives. But Petrakis makes us understand that all experience is unique and that each individual life, from birth until death, comprises a series of miracles.
In "The Bastards of Thanos," a fiery dying poet recognizes his most potent creation in the person of his bastard son; Polish icemen suffer the fate of some great doomed Greek line in "The Passing of the Ice"; in "The Song of Rhodanthe," a fleeting vision of love flowers within the confines of a grim social prison; in "The Journal of a Wife Beater," an insufferable male chauvinist discovers, to his horror and bodily peril, that his wife is younger, stronger and even more vengeful than he is. And in "Song of Songs," the placid, seemingly contented lives of a husband and wife are shattered by erotic discoveries about each other when a sensuous woman named Blossom opens an Intimate Apparel shop on their street.
"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.
"A master storyteller..."-Booklist
"Here is a collection of stories representing the life and labor of three decades as a writer of fiction that leaves the reader wanting even more.... Petrakis...takes a culture, an ethnic heritage, a local setting and an ambiance, and projects them into the realm of the universal.... Petrakis and his characters face life and affirm it in the form of the human spirit and the writer's imagination...." -Chicago Tribune
"The bitter honesty and profound empathy that pervade these stories bring a people and a place into memorable focus." -Publishers WeeklyFrom the Back Cover:
"Harry Mark Petrakis is good news in American literature." -Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel Laureate
"In his tales...violence is measured by brotherhood, passionate hate by passionate love. And in the end it is man who, despite his weaknesses and his blindness, has the right to victory." -Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate
"I've always thought Harry Mark Petrakis to be a leading American novelist."-John Cheever
"I've often thought what a wonderful basketball team could be formed from Petrakis' characters. Every one of them is at last fourteen feet tall."-Kurt Vonnegut
"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.
Descripción Lake View Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 1st Edition. New book signed fep. The complete short stories. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 9790
Descripción Lake View Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. HARDCOVER, BRAND NEW, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,Fast Shipping With Online Tracking, International Orders shipped Global Priority Air Mail, All orders handled with care and shipped promptly in secure packaging, we ship Mon-Sat and send shipment confirmation emails. Our customer service is friendly, we answer emails fast, accept returns and work hard to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction!. Nº de ref. de la librería 9033159
Descripción Lake View Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0941702146
Descripción Lake View Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0941702146
Descripción Lake View Press, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110941702146
Descripción Lake View Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0941702146 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1471671