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A World of Difference

An Anthology of Short Stories from Five Continents

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Paperback - 9780230202085

02 July 2008

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An essential anthology of fifteen short stories which provides students with an international selection of works by acclaimed modern writers: from Nobel Laureates (Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul), to masters of the...

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An essential anthology of fifteen short stories which provides students with an international selection of works by acclaimed modern writers: from Nobel Laureates (Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul), to masters of the short story (Raymond Carver, Mavis Gallant, William Trevor), to a younger generation of writers on their way to establishing worldwide reputations (Zadie Smith, Ana Menéndez). Featuring the theme of 'difference', each story has something to say about cultural encounters, often arising from experiences of migration or uprooting. Their predominantly realist temper promotes vivid, imaginative connections between the worlds of fiction and the worlds of its readers.

This is an ideal primary set text for modules on Modern Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Postmodern Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, International Literature or The Short Story, which may be offered at all levels of an undergraduate or taught postgraduate Literature degree.

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  • Brings together a diverse range of short fiction in one concise volume, which will stimulate lively discussion in the classroom
  • The themes of difference, uprooting and migration continue to be hot topics in popular culture and politics
  • Global appeal:  features distinguished modern writers from America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe
  • Each short story is introduced by a photographic and biographic portrait of its author

General Preface
The Ultimate Safari; N.Gordimer
In Cuba I was a German Shepherd; A.Menendez
The Joy Luck Club; A.Tan
What Do You Do in San Francisco?; R.Carver
Mr Sumarsono; R.Robinson
The Last Mohican; B.Malamud
The End of the World; M.Gallant
The Distant Past; W.Trevor
American Dreams; P.Carey
Bella Makes Life; L.Goodison
Martha, Martha; Z.Smith
Pit Strike; A.Sillitoe
Storm Petrel; R.Gunesekera
Squatter; R.Mistry
One Out of Many; V.S.Naipaul.

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LYNDA PRESCOTT is Senior Lecturer in Literature, The Open University, UK.

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LYNDA PRESCOTT is Senior Lecturer in Literature, The Open University, UK.

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