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ISBN-10: 1782277463
ISBN-13: 9781782277460
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Publish Date: 10/26/2021
Dimensions: 6.46" L, 4.72" W, 0.71" H

I Would Prefer Not to: Essential Stories

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Overview

A new selection of Melville’s darkest and most enthralling stories in a beautiful Pushkin Collection edition

Includes Bartleby, the Scrivener, Benito Cereno and The Lightning-Rod Man

A lawyer hires a new copyist, only to be met with stubborn, confounding resistance. A nameless guide discovers hidden worlds of luxury and bleak exploitation. After boarding a beleaguered Spanish slave ship, an American trader’s cheerful outlook is repeatedly shadowed by paralyzing unease.

In these stories of the surreal mundanity of office life and obscure tensions at sea, Melville’s darkly modern sensibility plunges us into a world of irony and mystery, where nothing is as it first appears.

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Reviews
Melville instinctively aspired to the grandest scale, and even in his shorter works offers vast inklings and the resonance of cosmic concerns. – John Updike

Melville seems to promise the very stuff of existence: time, space, air. We don't so much read him as inhale him. – Geoffrey O'Brien, Village Voice

There are very few stories that, on re-reading after re-reading, seem to become impossibly more perfect, but Herman Melville's eerie, aching story 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' is one such. – Stuart Kelly, Guardian

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Details

ISBN-10: 1782277463
ISBN-13: 9781782277460
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Publish Date: 10/26/2021
Dimensions: 6.46" L, 4.72" W, 0.71" H
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