Collected Stories

Collected Stories

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The twenty-six always compelling, often astonishing, stories in this collection are published in chronological order, so readers can appreciate the Nobel prize-winning writer's progress from early experimentation, to full-blown magical realism. Each tale is not just a read, but an experience: you join a community in the thrall of a corpse in "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World"; sail through "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship" a five-page story written as a single sentence, and feel your way, blinded, through "The Night of the Curlews". 'A single sentence of Garcia Marquez often has more meat to it than many whole novels' - "Observer".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 240.41g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140157565
  • 9780140157567
  • 1,950,673

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This complete collection of Garcia Marquez's short stories emphasizes his place at the forefront of world literature. 'Magical realism' may have become an overused term for South American fiction, but it suits this author perfectly as he combines the worlds of illusion and fairy-tale with gritty social and political reality. From 'Eva is Inside Her Cat' to 'Innocent Erendira', the stories are delivered with such majestic surrealism that the reader's belief never wanes. Garcia Marquez writes with a confidence found only in the greatest of storytellers. (Kirkus UK)show more

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