The Pugilist at Rest

The Pugilist at Rest : and other stories

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Thom Jones's magnificent first collection of stories presents a brutal vision of the human condition, in a world without mercy or redemption. The Pugilist at Rest gives us an America of Vietnam vets and ex-boxers, of bitter lovers in trailer parks, of lives passing in brilliant epileptic flickers.

'Thom Jones has stormed the scene like an angry doberman at a garden party. He is shocking, he is gorgeous . . . A voice so relentless and felonious at once that you ought to need a permit to carry it.' Boston Globe
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 10mm | 195g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571171354
  • 9780571171354
  • 358,273

About Thom Jones

Thom Jones, who died in 2016, was a National Book Award finalist, O. Henry Award winner, and the author of three story collections: The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap, and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1973 and thereafter worked an array of jobs, from copywriter to janitor, until he was published for the first time, in The New Yorker, in his mid-forties. His stories went on to be published in other magazines such as Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and Story and were reprinted numerous times in The Best American Short Stories. John Updike chose his story 'I Want to Live!' for The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
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