Collected Stories

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With an introduction by John Banville.

From his first published story in the Paris Review in 1968, James Salter's stories have been universally acclaimed. Including his two published collections, Dusk and Other Stories (1988) and Last Night (2005), and the previously uncollected 'Charisma', this volume contains over twenty short stories by one of the finest writers of our time.

Concerning men and women in their most intimate moments, struggling with loss, desire, or the burden of memory, each indelible narrative in the Collected Stories is marked by James Salter's great literary grace, his ability to show the subtleties of a character or situation with precision, and his equally assured ability to command reversals of fortune or shocking revelations.

'It's the short stories which make him one of the greatest writers of the last century and the present one' Financial Times

'Writing that is bowstring-taut and carries considerable punch' Sunday Times

'Salter's stories are masterpieces of poise and clarity, so much so that their dazzling surface stillness often blinds you to the surprisingly bold risks' Metro

One of the finest American writers of his mighty generation
Esquire
James Salter's writing has always provoked in me a kind of evangelical admiration. It is sheer brute magic. His prose is exquisite, sentences created with such acuity and efficacy it seems he re-forges language itself, makes it more purposeful and beautiful
Sarah Hall
A stylist, a purist, a guy who really socks it to you, however elegantly
Observer

About James Salter

James Salter is the author of numerous books, including the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, A Sport and a Pastime, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; the collections Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Last Night, which won the Rea Award for the Short Story and the PEN/Malamud Award; and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, written with Kay Salter. He lives in New York and Colorado.

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Books by James Salter

A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
Life is Meals
Life is Meals
Dusk and Other Stories
Dusk and Other Stories
All That Is
All That Is
Last Night
Last Night
Burning the Days
Burning the Days