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Riassunto: In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
Review: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" is not only the most well-known short story title of the latter part of the 20th century; it has come to stand for an entire aesthetic, the bare-bones prose style for which Raymond Carver became famous. Perhaps, it could be argued, too famous, at least for his fiction's own good. Like those of Hemingway or any other writer similarly loved, imitated, parodied, and reviled, these stories can sometimes produce the sense of reading pastiche. "A man without hands came to the door to sell me a photograph of my house." "That morning she pours Teacher's over my belly and licks it off. That afternoon she tries to jump out the window." "My friend Mel McGinnis was talking. Mel is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right." What other writer ever produced first sentences like these? They are like doors into Carverworld, where everyone speaks in simple declarative phrases, no one ever stops at one beer, and failure or violence are the true outcomes of the American dream.
Yet these stories bear careful re-reading, like any truly important and enduring work. For one thing, Carver is one of the few writers who can make desperation--cutting your ex-wife's telephone cord in the middle of a conversation, standing on your own roof chunking rocks while a man with no hands takes your picture--deeply funny. Then there is the sheer craft that went into their creation. Despite their seeming simplicity, his tales are as artfully constructed as poems--and like poems, the best of them can make your breath catch in your throat. In the title piece, for instance, after the gin has been drunk, after the stories have been told, after the tensions in the room have come to the surface and subsided again, there comes a moment of strange lightness and peace: "I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark."
Much of what happens in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981) happens offstage, and we're left with tragedy's props: booze, instant coffee, furniture from a failed marriage, cigarettes smoked in the middle of the night. This is not merely a matter of technique. Carver leaves out a great deal, but that's only a measure of his characters' vulnerability, the nerve endings his stories lay bare. To say anything more, one feels, would simply hurt too much. --Mary Park
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Descrizione libro Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria SONG0394516842
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 2nd printing. A clean, square and unmarked copy with mild sunning along upper and lower board edges. Quarter cloth binding. 159pp. Unclipped jacket is very slightly rubbed. New mylar cover. Size: 8vo - 8" - 9" Tall. Codice libro della libreria 054349
Descrizione libro Knopf, New York, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition. Dust jacket has ink strike through original price (9.95) with "5.95" written next to it (what a bargain!), 4 small nicks/closed tears (less than 1/8") to top edge of dust jacket. Book has sunning to top and bottom edges and previous owner's name stamp to front and back pastedowns and front and back free endpapers. Still a quite handsome copy - clean, square, tight and with no writing or underlining. Codice libro della libreria 1792
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020394516842
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1st ed. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0394516842
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P010394516842
Descrizione libro Knopf, U.S.A., 1981. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st American Edition 1st Printing. Dust jacket clean and bright with a few tiny cuts along edges, not price clipped and now in protective mylar jacket. Size: 8vo - 7¾" - 9¾. Unmarked Minor Shelfwear. Codice libro della libreria 064088
Descrizione libro Knopf. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0394516842 1981 Collins (UK) hard cover - 1st edition 1st printing - tears at top of dust jacket - owner's name inside cover - minor staining to page edge - otherwise cover and binding fine contents clean - enjoy. Codice libro della libreria 48-4NS4-UZLO
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition as stated on copyright page. Near fine book, minor wear, fading on top and bottom edge of book, and foxing on top edges. Near fine dust jacket, minor wear, chips on top corners of jacket, top edge of front and back panel of jacket, and bottom right corner of front panel and bottom left corner of back panel of jacket, closed tears on top and bottom edge of front panel of jacket, darkening on top edge of jacket, and soiling throughout jacket. Original price of 9.95 on dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 1611057
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110394516842