Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from Around the World

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.01 X 7.88 X 0.65 inches | 0.56 pounds

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About the Author
JAMES THOMAS coedited (with Denise Thomas) the first five volumes of Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. He has taught fiction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas.
Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He serves on the US National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.
These sometimes brilliant, often cunning, always intriguing very short stories fit the moment, the Internet, the world we live in now. A stunning flock of lovely and compelling pieces by wonderful writers from all over the world...it's a remarkable and remarkably readable collection.--Frederick Barthelme, editor of New World Writing
Flash fiction--short, short stories only several hundred words in length--is celebrated as an international phenomenon in this exceptional anthology. . . . Natasza Goerke, in 'Stories, ' may as well be describing this entire collection when she writes, 'The stories are short, but concise. . . . The final sentence is contained in the first.'
One of the most striking things this collection shows is how flash fiction can allow what has been suppressed to find a voice...to introduce readers to voices they may never have heard, and show that this penetrating form has found a niche nearly everywhere.
These bursts of illumination, some less than a page long--evoking shock, wonder, laughter, all with a tantalizing sense of completion--establish flash fiction on a global scale. An incomparable set of stories, this book is a new landmark anthology for the very short story form.--Jane Ciabattari, BBC book columnist
In our demanding world, practical time for reading is limited, not so the time for imagining. If you care to read along, you may do so at random, responding to serendipity--always rewarding--or you may flow with these anthologists' brilliant organization, which offers you a kaleidoscopic universe in evolution, revealing both the visible and the invisible, the macro hidden in the micro.--Luisa Valenzuela, author of Symmetries
Flash Fiction International reminds me that the world is so very small and fragile . . . and yet contains an animal as muscular and fast as this wild horse of a book.--Claudia Smith