The Lost and the Found

The Lost and the Found : And Other Stories

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This collection of stories is, as its title suggests, a sort of "lost and found, " peopled with odd and vivid characters who are often alone and displaced, but whose world is one where the miraculous is ever lurking and possible. The stories are inhabited by immigrants from Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, and Chile as well as by lost souls in their own homeland. Many live in the city of Paris; however theirs is a dingy Paris largely unknown to most, where dilapidated sweatshops and immigrant hotels line narrow penurious streets. What all these characters share is an experience of exile, interior or real, but they live it out as a form of liberation. With the description of this liberation, Anne Marsella's writing frees itself from what we are familiar with and takes on an almost mystical character.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 295g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0814755038
  • 9780814755037

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"A story collection showing immense mastery of character, dialect, and narrative...Distinguished indeed. May Marsella take on the novel."

-Kirkus Reviews "Earthy and spiritual, particular and universal, and often very sly and funny. The range and diversity Anne Marsella displays, stunning for a first collection, give convincing proof of a fresh talent emerging with full, and impressive, power."

-The New York Times Book Review
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About Anne Marsella

Anne Marsella was born in Fresno, California. She earned a degree in French Literature at Mills College and spent two year on the south of France as a student and teacher. She later received a Maitrise de Lettres Modernes from the Universite of Paris VIII, Saint Denis. For the past five years she has been living in Paris where she writes and teaches English at the CETEC, Universite de Paris-Dauphine. Winner of the 1993 WISE Short Story Contest, Marsella has published several of her stories in the Paris transcontinental.
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