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Stalin is Dead: Stories and Aphorisms on Animals, Poets and Other Earthly Creatures (Paperback)
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Stalin is Dead: Stories and Aphorisms on Animals, Poets and Other Earthly Creatures (Paperback)

(author), (translator), (foreword)
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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 10/12/2013
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"Rachel Shihor is the opposite of a misty-eyed writer," writes Mona Reiserer in the Quarterly Conversation. "Her writing penetrates to the truth of the aches and anxieties all people share, though they must generally suffer them alone." "There is no question that she is a great writer," Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, confirms, "Only a master could make such originality feel inevitable. The only question is why so few people have had the chance to read her." In Stalin is Dead, Shihor offers a medley of aphorisms, flash fiction, and short stories, carving out a slice of the world in which Kafka would feel at home. The characters that inhabit this world - reckless she-goats, morose fish, somnambulistic theologians, poignant old ladies, dying dictators, and dead poets, to name just a few - have nothing in common save for the fact that they instruct us on the human condition. Available at last in Ornan Rotem's translation, these edifying stories, with all their sadness and humor, are a writer's tour de force and a reader's delight.

Publisher: Sylph Editions
ISBN: 9780956992086
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 140 g
Dimensions: 225 x 129 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Shihor's slim book presents us with an extraordinary cast of characters. . . . The imaginative landscape of the stories evokes a vanished Europe, rather than the contemporary Middle East, and the book is haunted by images of exile. . . . Shihor's characters are survivors of a nightmare world, and they live with the dread of losing everything again."--Tom Sperlinger "Times Literary Supplement "
"There is no question that Rachel Shihor is a great writer."--Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love
There is no question that Rachel Shihor is a great writer."--Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love"
Shihor s slim book presents us with an extraordinary cast of characters. . . . The imaginative landscape of the stories evokes a vanished Europe, rather than the contemporary Middle East, and the book is haunted by images of exile. . . . Shihor s characters are survivors of a nightmare world, and they live with the dread of losing everything again. --Tom Sperlinger "Times Literary Supplement ""

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