The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard

In his introduction to The Complete Stories Of J.G. Ballard (W.W. Norton, $35), Martin Amis calls Ballard the “most original English writer of the last century.” Indeed, Ballard’s stories are a blend of science fiction and dark, psychological dramas, akin to the stories of Orwell and Kafka, but entirely original and distinctive. From the endless exploration of urban space in “Escapement” to the humorous and sad criticism of sexual mores in “Love in a Colder Climate,” Ballard’s fiction reflects the social, cultural, and political issues of his time. This substantial collection is rewarding in its uniqueness and vision.

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By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393339291
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 8th, 2010

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall - Kazuo Ishiguro

Picture a graceful gondola on starlit water, pulling up under a particular window. Gentle guitar music begins, and a man stands and sings “One for my Baby.” The occasion for this serenade? The singer, a famous, if faded, American vocalist, is divorcing his wife. The couple are still in love, but he needs a younger woman to jump-start his career. His wife understands. Kazuo Ishiguro’s first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes (Knopf, $25), explores the line between the dreams and fantasy of melody and the ruthlessness of the music business. His characters are performing artists, and they appreciate both the magic and the hard knocks of their profession. Love for what they do—or aspire to do—makes them resilient. The divorced wife, returning in a hilarious story of her own, has just had plastic surgery, and though she still goes teary-eyed listening to her ex’s CDs, she’s hatching a wild plot to disrupt a music-awards ceremony.

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ISBN: 9780307455789
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Published: Vintage - September 21st, 2010

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese

Dr. Abraham Verghese turns his remarkable empathy into powerful fiction in this story that draws on his medical training, his years of practice, and his childhood in Ethiopia. The principal narrator of Cutting For Stone (Knopf, $26.95) is Marion Praise Stone, one of a set of identical twins born to a dying nurse, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, in Addis Ababa in the early 1950s. The father, surgeon Thomas Stone, disappeared immediately after their birth, leaving the twins to be raised by Dr. Hemlatha and Dr. Ghosh, who followed Hema to Addis to work in the mission hospital. The backdrop is Ethiopia’s deteriorating political situation during and after Haile Selassie’s regime. Verghese’s capacity for empathy was notable in his previous nonfiction, as was his interest in the human condition. But to spin an imaginative tale is a talent of a different order, and he has exceeded expectation. There is great assurance in Verghese’s writing and ebullience in his storytelling.


With Cutting For Stone (Knopf, $26.95), Abraham Verghese has written a totally absorbing 500-plus page story that draws on his medical training, his life as an immigrant physician in the U.S., and his childhood and youth in Ethiopia. The novel is narrated by Marion Praise Stone, one of a set of identical twin boys born to a dying nurse, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, in Addis Ababa in the early ’50s. The father, surgeon Thomas Stone, disappeared immediately after their birth, leaving the twins to be raised by Dr. Hemlatha and Dr. Ghosh, who followed Hema to Addis to work in the mission hospital. The backdrop is Ethiopia’s deteriorating political situation during and after Haille Sellassie’s regime. Verghese’s capacity for empathy was notable in his previous nonfiction, as was his interest in the human condition. But to spin an imaginative tale is a talent of a different order and he has exceeded expectation. There is such assurance in Verghese’s writing and ebullience in his storytelling.

 

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$19.00
ISBN: 9780375714368
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

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