9781905583034: Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities
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Highlighting a cross-section of cultures, voices, landscapes, and recent histories of 10 major European cities, this short fiction collection presents new perspectives on the urban experience. Depicting characters that are only loosely connected to the societies that they describe, these tales offer snapshots of each city through isolated glimpses enlivened by surrealist wit--a lonely woman in Amsterdam cooks for a circle of middle-aged bachelors; a poet in Barcelona tries to capture the essence of the city in 11 words; and an unemployed journalist wanders in his deserted office in Reykjavik.

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'A stellar collection.' --The Times Online

'Acquaint yourself with these fresh and varied new literary voices.' --The Independent on Sunday

'Europe is heavy with history and the trace left by cataclysm and upheaval. These are present in these tales, and yet coexist with a kind of wry and knowing playfulness.' --AS Byatt, The Times

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Larissa Boehning was born in Berlin in 1971. Her debut collection, Swallow Summer, published in 2003, received critical acclaim firmly establishing her as one to watch. Critics were amazed by the way her virtuoso literary abilities allowed her to make the small disasters that occur in everyday life appear continually interesting and relevant. Boehning is able to capture the absurdity of the fixed situation avoiding banality. Her fascinating characters are depicted in a marvellously rhythmic prose. David Constantine has published several volumes of poetry, most recently, Nine Fathom Deep (2009). He is an award-winning translator of Hölderlin, Brecht, Goethe, Kleist, Michaux and Jaccottet. He is also author of one novel, Davies, and Fields of Fire: A Life of Sir William Hamilton. His three previous short story collections are Back at the Spike, the highly acclaimed Under the Dam (Comma, 2005), and The Shieling (Comma, 2009), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award. Constantine s story Tea at the Midland won the BBC National Short Story Award 2010. Arnon Grunberg is one of Holland's most prolific and acclaimed writers. He has published eleven novels to date, three collections of essays and two plays. His first novel, Blue Mondays (1994) won the Dutch prize for the best debut novel that year. In 2000, under the pseudonym Marek van der Jagt, he won the best debut prize again for his novel De geschiedenis van mijn kaalheid (The History of My Baldness), and in the same year his novel Phantom Pain was published and went on to win the AKO Prize, the Dutch equivalent of the Booker. The English translation of this novel was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2005. In 2007, The Jewish Messiah was published by Penguin USA. This is the first translation of his short fiction. He lives and works in New York.

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