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World Fiction

 

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Summer Reading: World Fiction

Australian & New Zealand Short Stories

Foreign Soil
by Maxine Beneba Clarke

From a powerful new voice in international fiction, this prize-winning collection of stories crosses the world—from Africa, London, the West Indies, and Australia—and expresses the global experience.

Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated in this stunning collection of provocative and gorgeously wrought stories that will challenge you, move you, and change the way you view this complex world we inhabit.

Within these pages, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton; a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and an Australian schoolgirl loses her way.


French Short Stories

Carmen and Other Stories
by Prosper Merimee, Nicholas Jotcham

One of the earliest exponents of the short story, Prosper Mérimée wrote the universally-acclaimed tale Carmen, which provided the basis for one of the world's most popular operas. In addition to this classic tale, the includes "Colomba," "Mateo Falcone," "The Storming of the Redoubt," "Tamango," "The Etruscan Vase," "The Game of Backgammon," "The Venus of Ille" and "Lokis."

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


Japanese Short Stories

Japanese Fairy Tales
by Grace James, Warwick Goble
(Illustrator)

A magnificent selection of stories from all parts of the Land of the Rising Sun. Drawing on a richly imaginative folk tradition, & set against the backdrop of Japans mythic past, the tales are suffused with the essence of this magical land. Combining the exoticism of the Orient with a touch of the macabre, these are tales in which fantasy can unexpectedly shade into supernatural terror. The imaginative art of the Japanese fairy tale is amply celebrated in this beautifully illustrated edition. All readers with a fascination of folklore & of fantastic tales need look no further than this excellent edition.


Caribbean Short Stories

Passing Through
by Colin Channer

From the national bestselling author of Waiting in Vain and Satisfy My Soul comes a sexy, witty collection of connected stories set on San Carlos, a tiny island with an old volcano in the Caribbean Sea.

Spanning the early 1900s up to modern times, the stories trace the intersecting lives of travelers, expatriates, and local folks in ways that shock, illuminate, and reveal. From the American photographer who finds her world disturbed by new forms of love and lust, to a charismatic priest confronted by the earthly perks of fame and stardom, the diverse mix of characters are united by the universal search for love and understanding—a challenge on an island simmering with issues of politics, power, and race.

 

2017 Past Columns

Q&A with Donal Ryan