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This book contains the nine stories and one poem on which Robert Altman has based his film Short Cuts.

'I look at all of Carver's work as just one story, for his stories are all occurences, all about things that just happen to people and cause their lives to take a turn... In formulating the mosaic of the film Short Cuts, which is based on these nine stories and a poem, 'Lemonade', I've tried to do the same thing- to give the audience one look... But it all began here. I was a reader turning these pages. Trying on these lives' - Robert Altman in his introduction.


Raymond Carver's stories can be counted amongst the masterpieces of American fiction

New York Times

The stories overflow with danger, excitement, mystery and the possibility of life... His eye is so clear it almost breaks your heart

Washington Post

One of America's most original, truest voices

Salman Rushdie


Ian McEwan

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Formats & editions

  • EBook


    January 28, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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  • Short Cuts
    Raymond Carver

    Trade Paperback


    August 1, 2002

    Harvill Press

    160 pages

    RRP $34.99

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