The Human Country by Harry Mathews
New and Collected Stories (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))

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Available For The First Time In One Volume, The Very Best Of Mathews's Short Fiction; This expertly designed original paperback presents a comprehensive collection of internationally renowned poet and novelist Harry Mathews' short prose. From the hilarious 'The Broadcast,' in which the narrator learns from a radio program that everything he needs in life should fit into one sock, to 'Calibration of Latitude,' which follows Sir Joseph Pernican on a meandering and seemingly aimless but deeply moving journey, this is a long-awaited addition to Mathew's beloved and masterful canon.

About Harry Mathews

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Harry Mathews was born and raised on New York's Upper East Side but left America for France in 1952 shortly after graduating from Harvard. He has written over a dozen books including the novels "Cigarettes, The Journalist", and "Tlooth", along with collected stories, "The Human Country", and essays, "The Case of the Persevering Maltese". Mathews is also the only American member of the Oulipo the Workshop for Potential Literature France's longest, and most active, literary movement. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.
Published September 1, 2002 by Dalkey Archive Press. 186 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A sheaf of Mathews's artifacts from the past twenty years or so, perhaps only for connoisseurs of the gold-packed sentence, including early stories from Country Cooking (1980), midcareer stories from The American Experience (1984), plus ten fresh new pieces (Singular Pleasures, 1993).

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The Guardian

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The Human Country: New and Collected Stories by Harry Mathews 186pp, Dalkey Archive, £10.99 "Here is an old French regional dish for you to try."

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Publishers Weekly

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Acclaimed poet, novelist and essayist Mathews's idiosyncratic short fictions make up a literary labyrinth that takes readers off the beaten path.

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London Review of Books

The writer is an Oho who has just heard what the Uhas say.’ In a further twist he also insists that it is only by venturing into the unknown that writer and reader can hope to make provisionally legible whatever narratives lie buried within, for one’s own life’s story is as mysterious as the kale...

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