The collected short novels

Author: Paul Theroux

Publishing House: Hamish Hamilton, London

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«A devastating fine collection of Theroux’s short fiction that should establish him among the contemporary masters of the form». — New York NewsdayWritten over a period of twenty-five years, the more than sixty stories in this volume are funny and sardonic, sensuous and evocative, streaked with terror and cruelty. Richly varied in tone and subject — ghost story, murder mystery, sexual farce, political satire, culture-clash parable — all glow with Paul Theroux’s intelligence, elegance, and ironic wit; with his marvelous sense of place; with his ear for dialogue; and with his tragicomic vision.

Theroux’s canvas stretches from London to Southeast Asia, Boston to Paris, Africa to Eastern Europe, Moscow to the tropics. He portrays colonials, emigres, diplomats, students, would-be writers, academics, and children. Many are trapped in alien situations or loveless relationships, or are overwhelmed by larger cultural tremors. Full of suspense and the unexpected, this first major retrospective of Theroux’s short fiction is «a welcomed second chance to read some of his best work» and confirms his reputation as «an irresistible storyteller»

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