Blasphemy : New and Selected Stories

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Sherman Alexie's stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades, from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to his most recent PEN/Faulkner award-winning War Dances, have established him as a star in modern literature. A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile, funny, and outrageous Alexie showcases all his talents in his newest collection, Blasphemy, where he unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," "The Toughest Indian in the World," and "War Dances." Alexie's new stories are fresh and quintessential-about donkey basketball leagues, lethal wind turbines, the reservation, marriage, and all species of contemporary American warriors.An indispensable collection of new and classic stories, Blasphemy reminds us, on every thrilling page, why Sherman Alexie is one of our greatest contemporary writers and a true master of the short story.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 45.72mm | 748.42g
  • Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Main
  • 0802120393
  • 9780802120397
  • 297,631

About Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. He has won the Pen/Faulkner Award, Stranger Genius Award in Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, and the Malamud Award. Alexie lives in Seattle.
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Seek it out. Bloody funny and gut-punchingly moving, it's without doubt the best book I read this year. * Spectator * The anthology offers a remarkable insight into the dissonance of contemporary Native American life * The Sunday Times * These vibrant short stories are a timely reminder of Sherman Alexie's genius. * The Guardian * Alexie's evocation of grief is heart-rippingly raw. He is equally good on the bond between friends... Sometimes, the most important subjects require the lightest approach. Alexie is a master of this technique. * The Independent * While it's fair to say politics defines his work, it is always generous, questioning - and often very funny. * The Times * You'll want to read more of him, which means you'll end up having to rebuy some of these stories. But that's OK. Many are easily good enough to own twice. -- Tom Cox * The Observer * If literary fiction in its purest form is meant to be an accurate reflection of human experience and its inevitable ambiguities, Alexie skillfully offers us this in Blasphemy. * San Francisco Chronicle * Over the years, Alexie has carved out a space in American literature as the great, tragicomic bard of the modern Native American experience. The stories in Blasphemy offer ample proof why. * Los Angeles Times *
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