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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    One of all-time fave writers is Japanese master Harukami Murakami. He mostly write novels, but I always lend out my well-loved and worn-out copy of his short story collection The Elephant Vanishes as an introduction to his breadth of genius.

    Let me know if you read any of these, and if you do, I hope you enjoy!
    Yes! Norwegian Wood, right? And IMO, not only is Murakami a genius, but the guy who translated all of his works (forgot his name? ) is one too. So much Japanese literature have been butchered through tone-deaf translations, so I was pleasantly surprised by how well Murakami's translator captured the beauty of his prose.

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    Yes, Nausi, Murakami has two great translators: Alfred Birnbaum and Jay Rubin (the latter of whom wrote an great biography of Murakami, as well).

    I'm so happy to hear you mention Norwegian Wood. *fuzzy flashback effects* I love that book, it was the first of his I ever read, many moons ago when I was still in high school, the little Kodansha paperback edition my friend brought back from Japan. *sigh*

    Anyway, for Lotus, I just remembered two more short story collections I would highly recommend: Amy Hempel's Reasons to Live and Aimee Bender's The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. Both are very good. Hempel's sort of a linguistic minimalist, Bender's very original stories often verge on the absurd, some are like modern fables...if Bukowski wrote them...on shrooms.
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    Well, I know Hemingway was already shot down lol...so I won't mention the greatest short story writer of all times then...(oh oops, I already did... )

    Anyhow...I love short stories. In addition to Hemingway I really enjoy Edgar Allen Poe's short stories...

    Another short story that comes to mind, is Alice Walker's "Everyday Use". This was a GREAT great short story, good debth & great writing... love it. Other short story writers I enjoy are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Stephen Crane & JAck London... I guess I'm a fan of American classics mostly
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    One of my all time favorites is Kate Chopin's "The Awakening". I also enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies" especially the first short story in the book.
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    Yeah, I just thought of another great short story. Adam Thorpe's "Return", found at the beginning of his short story collection/novel Ulverton.

    Also, Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" is just so damn good. How could I forget? And Camus' Exile and the Kingdom.

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    With all the wonderful recommendations, now I'm eager to hunt down at least some short stories too.
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    Thanks for the info everyone, I will look for some of these.

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    Aimee Bender has a great collection of short stories in the book "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" - if you like that, I also recommend you checking out her debut novel. "The Awakening" by Chopin as recommended by Greenie is one of my all time faves. Another great collection is "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things" by J.T. Leroy - and again, if you like that you must check out Sarah, his novel, which is outstanding.

    Other short stories I particularly enjoy is Raymond Carver's "Fat", Flannery O'Connor's "The Artificial Nigger", Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat", Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground", Joseph Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness", Charlotte Perkins Gilman "The Yellow Wallpaper", and last but certainly not least "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell.

    Yea, I've read a lot of short stories.

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