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Elephant is superb and suggests how much he still had to give' Ian McEwan

These seven stories were the last that Carver wrote. Among them is one of his longest, 'Errand', in which he imagines the death of Chekhov, a writer Carver hugely admired and to whose work his own was often compared. This fine story suggests that the greatest of modern short-story writers may, in the year before his untimely death, have been flexing his muscles for a longer work.

Reviews

Carver's stories celebrate some lasting aspects of the human condition, however minimal, conjuring up a quality of fellow feeling, which gives the stories a compelling, dry-eyed poignancy, a melancholy but intensely moving authenticity

William Boyd, Daily Telegraph

This dazzling little collection is a treat

Guardian

All the stories in this collection are superb. Each sucks the reader, with magical speed, into the hearts of the characters, while seeming to say almost nothing about them. And they are not always gloomy, these hearts

Independent

A collection of stories it would be hard to forget

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099530350

    October 15, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    128 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • EBook

    9781448103577

    January 28, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    128 pages

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