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  • Published: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099530350
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $28.99

Elephant




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.

  • Pub date: 15 October 2009
  • ISBN: 9780099530350
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first short stories appeared in Esquire during Gordon Lish's tenure as fiction editor in the 1970s. Carver's work began to reach a wider audience with the 1976 publication of Will You Please be Quiet, Please, but it was not until the 1981 publication of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love under Gordon Lish, then at Knopf, that he began to achieve real literary fame. This collection was edited by more than 40 per cent before publication, and Carver dedicated it to his fellow writer and future wife, Tess Gallagher, with the promise that he would one day republish his stories at full length. He went on to write two more collections of stories, Cathedral and Elephant, which moved away from the earlier minimalist style into a new expansiveness, as well as several collections of poetry. He died in 1988, aged fifty.

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Praise for Elephant

“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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