Last Stories (Hardback)William Trevor (author)
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Completed not long before his death, William Trevor’s final story collection is the crowning achievement of a writer of unusual depth and sensitivity.
'What a writer he was; he could flip over a sentence so gently, and show the underbelly in a heartbeat. His work is always quietly compassionate' - Elizabeth Strout
In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William Trevor probes into the depths of the human spirit.
Here we encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil's theft in exchange for his beautiful music.
These gorgeous stories - the last that Trevor wrote before his death - affirm his place as one of the world's greatest storytellers.
An acclaimed novelist and playwright, it is nevertheless as a peerless short story writer that William Trevor will be best remembered. Described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker, he was arguably the greatest exponent of the form of his generation. Combining his trademark wit, eloquence, comic timing and probing insight into the human condition, this, his last collection, is a worthy swansong to an exceptional literary career.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 24 mm
'…a collection of stories that are as generous in spirit as they are sparing in style.' - The Times
'There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world' - Wall Street Journal
'Trevor is a master of both language and storytelling' - Hilary Mantel
'He is one of the great short-story writers, at his best the equal of Chekhov' - John Banville
'A beautiful writer... I would not have become a writer at all had I not discovered his work.' - Yiyun Li
'The man - the work - was brilliant, elegant, surprising, reliable, precise, stark, often sad, sometimes funny, shocking and even frightening' - Roddy Doyle
'An Irish writer, an international writer, a great writer. Put bluntly, he is revered by writers' - Jhumpa Lahiri
'In the first few paragraphs of a story he could set an entire scene without seeming to, working on details, small moments, odd thoughts. As in the work of Alice Munro, there often seemed to be very little happening in his fiction, but then he was capable of offering the reader a sense of an immense drama' - Colm Toibin
'Writers often get asked which authors they return to again and again, their comfort books if you will, the ones that make them remember why fiction matters. William Trevor, I have answered on countless occasions. His stories. Any of them' - John Boyne
'He is, I think, sui generis, and in his 12 collections (and 13 novels, and two novellas: an exhibition of near-Updikean energy), he has created a version of the short story that almost ignores the form's hundred or so years of intricate evolution. These stories stay in the mind long after they're finished because they're so solid, so deliberately shaped and directed so surely toward their solemn, harsh conclusions' - William Boyd, reviewing Cheating at Canasta in the New York Times
'His stories are formally beautiful and, at the same time, interested in the smallness of human lives. He was, as a writer, watchful, unsentimental, alert to frailty and malice. A master craftsman' - Anne Enright