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Art of the Tale, the (1986) [Anthology]
by Chinua Achebe Ilse Aichinger Vasily Askenov Margaret Atwood Ingeborg Bachmann James Baldwin Russell Banks Donald Barthelme Ann Beattie Samuel Beckett Heinrich Böll Wolfgang Borchert Jorge Luis Borges Tadeusz Borowski Abdeslam Boulaich Paul Bowles T.C. (Thomas Coraghessan) Boyle Harold Brodkey Dino Buzzati Italo Calvino Albert Camus Truman Capote Raymond Carver John Cheever Robert Coover Julio Cortázar Guy Davenport Isak Dinesen E.L. Doctorow Stanley Elkin Richard Ford Carlos Fuentes Mavis Gallant Gabriel García Márquez William H. Gass Natalia Ginzburg Nadine Gordimer Graham Greene Wolfgang Hildesheimer Yasunari Kawabata Milan Kundera Tommaso Landolfi Doris Lessing Naguib Mahfouz Bernard Malamud William Maxwell Ian McEwan Leonard Michaels Yukio Mishima Alberto Moravia Mohammed Mrabet Vladimir Nabokov R.K. Narayan Edna O'Brien Flannery O'Connor Frank O'Connor Joyce Carol Oates Amos Oz Cynthia Ozick Grace Paley Cesare Pavese V. S. Pritchett James Purdy Alain Robbe-Grillet Mercč Rodoreda Leon Rooke Juan Rulfo Nathalie Sarraute Isaac Bashevis Singer Susan Sontag Jean Stafford Peter Taylor Michel Tournier William Trevor John Updike Luisa Valenzuela Mario Vargas Llosa Eudora Welty Patrick White Tobias Wolff Richard Wright Richard Yates Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

The years since World War II have seen an exciting resurgence of the short story. This incomparably rich and diverse collection attests to the vigor and excellence of the modern short story throughout the world. Daniel Halpern's marvelous anthology offers not only European and American but also "Third World" literature of the first rank. Of the English-language stories, a considerable number are by Australian, African, and Asian writers. The eighty-one masterpieces Halpern has chosen include traditional forms, both of classical realism and of the extended fairy tale or fable, as well as the gossipy village banter of the traditional folktale and the outer bounds of surrealist fiction. Many of the stories are cast against an exotic setting; others are humorous and matter-of-fact; some are political; others entirely absorbed with private themes of the heart.


  • The Sacrificial Egg by Chinua Achebe
  • The Bound Man by Ilse Aichinger
  • Little Whale, Varnisher of Reality by Vasily Askenov
  • Hair Jewellry by Margaret Atwood
  • Everything by Ingeborg Bachmann
  • Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
  • The Child Screams and Looks Back at You by Russell Banks
  • Cortés and Montezuma by Donald Barthelme
  • Jacklighting by Ann Beattie
  • First Love by Samuel Beckett
  • Action Will Be Taken by Heinrich Böll
  • Do Stay, Giraffe by Wolfgang Borchert
  • The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges
  • This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski
  • Cowardice by Abdeslam Boulaich
  • A Distant Episode by Paul Bowles
  • Greasy Lake by T. Coraghessen Boyle
  • Cecil by Harold Brodkey
  • Seven Floors by Dino Buzzati
  • The Adventure of a Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • The Adulterous Woman by Albert Camus
  • Children on Their Birthdays by Truman Capote
  • Fat by Raymond Carver
  • The Country Husband by John Cheever
  • Quenby and Ola, Swede and Carl by Robert Coover
  • Bestiary by Julio Cortázar
  • The Haile Selassie Funeral Train by Guy Davenport
  • The Cloak by Isak Dinesen
  • The Hunter by E.L. Docterow
  • I Look Out for Ed Wolfe by Stanley Elkin
  • Communist by Richard Ford
  • The Doll Queen by Carlos Fuentes
  • The Chosen Husband by Mavis Gallant
  • Order of Insects by William Gass
  • The Mother by Natalia Ginzburg
  • The Life of the Imagination by Nadine Gordimer
  • Two Gentle People by Graham Greene
  • Why I Transformed Myself into a Nightingale by Wolfgang Hildesheimer
  • One Arm by Yasunari Kawabata
  • Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead by Milan Kundera
  • Gogol's Wife by Tommaso Landolfi
  • The Habit of Loving by Doris Lessing
  • The Challenge by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • The Conjurer Made Off with the Dish by Naguib Mahfouz
  • The Last Mohican by Bernard Malamud
  • Eyes of a Blue Dog by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Pilgrimage by William Maxwell
  • First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
  • The Deal by Leonard Michaels
  • Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
  • Jewellry by Alberto Moravia
  • Doctor Safi by Mohammed Mrabat
  • Spring in Fialta by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Naga by R.K. Narayan
  • The Tryst by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Sister Imelda by Edna O'Brien
  • The Artificial Nigger by Flannery O'Connor
  • A Set of Variations on a Borrowed Theme by Frank O'Connor
  • Nomad and Viper by Amos Oz
  • The Suitcase by Cynthia Ozick
  • The Contest by Grace Paley
  • The Suicides by Cesare Pavese
  • The Saint by V.S. Pritchett
  • Eventide by James Purdy
  • The Replacement by Alain Robbe-Gritlet
  • Rain by Mercč Rodoreda
  • In the Garden by Leon Rooke
  • Talpa by Juan Rulfo
  • XXII by Nathalie Sarraute
  • Henne Fire by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Unguided Tour by Susan Sontag
  • Children Are Bored on Sunday by Jean Stafford
  • A Friend and Protector by Peter Taylor
  • Death and the Maiden by Michel Tournier
  • Beyond the Pale by William Trevor
  • Separating by John Updike
  • I'm Your Horse in the Night by Luisa Valenzuela
  • No Place For You, My Love by Eudora Welty
  • Five-Twenty by Patrick White
  • Hunters in the Snow by Tobias Wolff
  • Big Black Good Man by Richard Wright
  • The Best of Everything by Richard Yates

Original title: The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories
Original languages: Various


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Bestiary (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Julio Cortázar
     Bound Man, the (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Ilse Aichinger
     Why I Changed into a Nightingale (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Wolfgang Hildesheimer
     Artificial Nigger, the (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor
     Everything (1959) [Short Story]
      Author: Ingeborg Bachmann
     Quenby and Ola, Swede and Carl (1969) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Coover
     First Love (1970) [Novelette]
      Author: Samuel Beckett

Edition #1: The Art of the Tale

The Art of the Tale (1986)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Daniel Halpern
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Manifested in:

The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories (November 1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140079494
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 1.8
Pages: 816

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