White Walls

White Walls

Collected Stories

Book - 2007
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“Tolstaya carves indelible people who roam the imagination long after the book is put down.” –Time

Tatyana Tolstaya’s short stories—with their unpredictable fairy-tale plots, appealingly eccentric characters, and stylistic abundance and flair—established her in the 1980s as one of modern Russia’s finest writers. Since then her work has been translated throughout the world. Edna O’Brien has called Tolstaya “an enchantress.” Anita Desai has spoken of her work’s “richness and ardent life.” Mixing heartbreak and humor, dizzying flights of fantasy and plunging descents to earth, Tolstaya is the natural successor in a great Russian literary lineage that includes Gogol, Yuri Olesha, Bulgakov, and Nabokov.

White Walls is the most comprehensive collection of Tolstaya’s short fiction to be published in English so far. It presents the contents of her two previous collections, On the Golden Porch and Sleepwalker in a Fog, along with several previously uncollected stories. Tolstaya writes of lonely children and lost love, of philosophers of the absurd and poets working as janitors, of angels and halfwits. She shows how the extraordinary will suddenly erupt in the midst of ordinary life, as she explores the human condition with a matchless combination of unbound imagination and unapologetic sympathy.

Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2007
ISBN: 9781590171974
1590171977
Branch Call Number: FICTION TOLST...T
Additional Contributors: Bouis, Antonina W.
Gambrell, Jamey

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Jaime_Bravo Jul 16, 2015

A flawless mixture of the absurd and the everyday all written with staggeringly beautiful prose.

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deathbird
Sep 12, 2011

The short stories in this collection are written exceptionally. I still go back and reread them on occasion.

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