Lunes / “My mistress´s sparrow is dead: great love stories from Chekhov to Munro” edited by Jeffrey Eugenides
“With any anthology it’s fascinating to muse about the authors included. Here are some big hitters of short fiction: Chekhov, Carver, Grace Paley, Guy de Maupassant and Alice Munro. James Joyce’s The Dead is included in the US version of this collection but not, unfortunately, the UK edition. There are well-known names more famous for their longer fiction: William Faulkner, Nabokov, Milan Kundera and William Trevor, but there are also short story writers whose names I didn’t recognize, such as Eileen Chang, Robert Musil and George Saunders.
The stories predominantly concern heterosexual love between couples, even if the characters are not monogomous. Notable exceptions to this are Some Other, Better Otto by Deborah Eisenberg which features a gay male couple, two young lesbians are the subject of Something That Needs Nothing by Miranda July and Maupassant’s Mouche is the tale of five lusty rowers who love a single ‘rough sketch of a woman’. Some stories seem to me to be more about sex, lust, desire or infatuation than ‘love’ per se, but perhaps that’s my own narrow value judgement.”
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My mistress´s sparrow is dead: great love stories from Chekhov to Munro / edited by Jeffrey Eugenides. — London: Harper Perennial, 2009. — XVIII, 539 p.; 20 cm.
PN 6120.95 .L7 M9 2009