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  • Published: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448103584
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love




The short story that inspired the play at the heart of BIRDMAN starring Michael Keaton, Ed Norton and Emma Stone

This powerful collection of stories, set in the mid-West among the lonely men and women who drink, fish and play cards to ease the passing of time, was the first by Raymond Carver to be published in the UK. With its spare, colloquial narration and razor-sharp sense of how people really communicate, the collection was to become one of the most influential literary works of the 1980s.

  • Pub date: 28 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448103584
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

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 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

“The master craftsman of the modern American short story”

Daily Telegraph

“One of America's most original, truest voices”

Salman Rushdie

“One of the most celebrated American short-story writers of the 20th century”

New York Times

“A remarkable collection”

New York Review of Books

“I remember being floored by the first Raymond Carver collection I read: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”

David Sedaris, New York Times

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

New York Times

“These brilliant shards - some no more than three or four pages long - confirm Carver's place in the hall of America's great writers and suggest that, with his hero Chekhov, he was one of the world's masters of the short story”

Times Literary Supplement

“Raymond Carver uses the English language like a whittler's knife, carving stark and unadorned prose-objects, paring away everything but the very core of human emotion”

Chicago Tribune


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