Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: now on kindle, short stories | Tags: solzhenitsyn | No Comments »
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. He died on August 2, 2008. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is his most famous novel.
After years of living in exile, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 and published a series of eight powerfully paired stories. These groundbreaking stories— interconnected and juxtaposed using an experimental method Solzhenitsyn referred to as “binary”—join Solzhenitsyn’s already available work as some of the most powerful literature of the twentieth century.
With Soviet and post-Soviet life as their focus, they weave and shift inside their shared setting, illuminating the Russian experience under the Soviet regime. In “The Upcoming Generation,” a professor promotes a dull but proletarian student purely out of good will. Years later, the same professor finds himself arrested and, in a striking twist of fate, his student becomes his interrogator. In “Nastenka,” two young women with the same name lead routine, ordered lives—until the Revolution exacts radical change on them both.
The most eloquent and acclaimed opponent of government oppression, Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his work continues to receive international acclaim. Available for the first time in English, Apricot Jam: And Other Stories is a striking example of Solzhenitsyn’s singular style and only further solidifies his place as a true literary giant.
Posted: August 14th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: deals, short stories | Tags: pulitzer | No Comments »
Interpreter of Maladies portrays first and second-generation Indian immigrants who wage a battle against the common difficulty of contemporary culture: failed relationships. Lahiri incorporates traditional Indian names, folktales, food and wardrobes into her fiction, creating a rich world of difference that also feels familiar to the reader sensitive to daily difficulties of ordinary people. This book won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and I can only recommend it highly.
It was $9.56 before and this lowest price represents a saving of more than 20%.
“[Lahiri] announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice. Indeed, Ms. Lahiri’s prose is so eloquent and assured that the reader easily forgets the ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ is a young writer’s first book…Ms. Lahiri chronicles her characters’ lives with both objectivity and compassion while charting the emotional temperature of their lives with tactile precision. She is a writer of uncommon elegance and poise, and with ‘Interpreter of Maldies’ she has made a precocious debut.” The New York Times
Posted: July 22nd, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: free books, short stories | 1 Comment »
First published in the anthology “Scotland into the New Era” this story was a winner of the inaugural Canongate Prize for New Writing. It is written in the second person and explores themes of art, science, politics and self determination.
It is currently sold for $0.99 on Amazon but you can download it for free on Best Kindle Reads here.
I would like to thank Stephen for giving away his short story free for Best Kindle Reads readers.
If you like this short story, you may want to check out Stephen’s short story collection Kindling shown below:
Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: classics, reviews, short stories | Tags: joyce | No Comments »
I am currently making a survey of short story genre and singling out some writers like Joyce and reading their short story collections in full. I have to say Dubliners fascinated me as a whole. I liked the most “The Dead”, “A mother”,”Counterparts” and of course “Araby” which led me into this book from 2 different anthologies I was surveying. Any writer who can write one of these stories should be immortal for sure.
The book starts with a young boy’s first encounter with death and continues chronologically into adulthood and maturity. These tales represent not only a look into Irish people but also moments of understanding ourselves.
A must read from one of the greatest writers of all time.
Posted: June 15th, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: free books, short stories | No Comments »
While researching through Free Kindle books for my beloved genre “short stories”, I had found 51 great books! They are all listed below for your enjoyment. They are ranging from famous “Japan Earthquake stories 2:46: Aftershocks” written by the quakebook community to short erotic tales. You meet with prolific Joshua Scribner and his solid stories on the way and finish with a master of story telling Jack London and his “Stories of Ships and the Sea”
As always the case, short stories renews us ad infinitum. Enjoy the ride!