Tales of the New World by Sabina Murray
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In her first collection of stories since her PEN/Faulkner-winning The Caprices, Sabina Murray confronts the manipulation, compassion, ambition, and controversy surrounding some of the most intrepid and sadistic pioneers of the last four millennia.

Iconic explorers and settlers are made intimately human as they plow through the un-navigated boundaries of their worlds to give shape to modern geography, philosophy, and science. As Ferdinand Magellan sets out on his final voyage, he forms an unlikely friendship with a rich scholar who harbors feelings for the captain, but in the end cannot save Magellan from his own greed. Balboa’s peek at the South Sea may never have happened if it wasn’t for his loyal and vicious dog, Leonico, and an unavoidable urge to relieve himself. And Captain Zimri Coffin is plagued by sleepless nights after reading Frankenstein, that is until his crew rescues two shipwrecked Englishmen who carry rumor of a giant and deadly white whale lurking in the depths of the ocean.

With her signature blend of sophistication and savagery, darkness and humor, Sabina Murray investigates the complexities of faith, the lure of the unknown, and the elusive mingling of history and legend.
 

About Sabina Murray

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She grew up in Austrialia & the Philippines. A former Michener Fellow at the University of Texas & Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, she is the author of the novel Slow Burn. She has also written a screenplay titled Beautiful Country.She is the Roger Murray Writer in Residence at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Grove Press, Black Cat. 262 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers may wonder if the young Jesuit who becomes Dr. Murray and travels to the Far East is the author’s father, but the story “Periplus” feels more philosophic than personal.

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The New York Times

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to Chekhov’s 1890 journey to the Russian penal colony on Sakhalin Island, Murray reinvents the lives of remarkable figures — or fragments of them — in the 10 stories that make up “Tales of the New World.” The subject of “Fish,” the longest story and one of the most satisfying, is Mary Ki...

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Publishers Weekly

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Most of PEN/Faulkner Award%E2%80%93winner Murray's new story collection (after her 2007 novel Forgery) delves into the psyches of historical explorers and adventurers, affording rare glimpses of vulne

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NPR

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Tales of the New World by Sabina Murray takes as its template the adventures of some of the greatest world explorers and uses their stories to investigate the known and unknown.

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Star Tribune

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Murray concentrates on the odd details and the small moments in this collection, which makes her characters -- explorers throughout history -- extremely human.

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The Washington Post

Unfortunately, the nine short stories that follow this wonderful novella are harder to recommend.

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Publishers Weekly

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Most of PEN/Faulkner Award–winner Murray's new story collection (after her 2007 novel Forgery) delves into the psyches of historical explorers and adventurers, affording rare glimpses of vulnerability in those who appear invulnerable.

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Bookmarks Magazine

As Ferdinand Magellan sets out on his final voyage, he forms an unlikely friendship with a rich scholar who harbors feelings for the captain, but in the end cannot save Magellan from his own greed.

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Oprah.com

She may not have been celebrated in the annals of history, but her journey to independence and competence in wilds of Africa —coming from a grim, London universe that so regularly informed her that she possessed neither quality—is the kind of discovery that will stick with you for life.

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