To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume 1 by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

From the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007, a suite of a few of her best brief tales. For greater than 4 many years, Doris Lessing's paintings has saw the fervour and confusion of human family, maintaining a replicate as much as our selves in her unflinching dissection of the typical. From the fabulous 'To Room Nineteen', a examine of a dry, managed middle-class marriage 'grounded in intelligence', to the stunning 'A lady at the Roof', the place a workman turns into passionate about a gorgeous sunbather, this magnificent number of tales written over 4 many years, from the Nineteen Fifties to the Nineteen Nineties bears attractive witness to Doris Lessing's point of view at the human situation.

Show description

Read or Download To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume 1 PDF

Similar short stories books

A Schoolboy's Diary and Other Stories

A Schoolboy's Diary brings jointly greater than seventy of Robert Walser's unusual and beautiful tales, so much by no means prior to to be had in English. beginning with a series from Walser's first booklet, "Fritz Kocher's Essays," the whole lecture room assignments of a fictional boy who has met a tragically early dying, this feature levels from sketches of uncomprehending editors, overly passionate readers, and dreamy artists to stories of devilish adultery, sexual encounters on a educate, and Walser's carrier in international warfare I.

Zero and Other Fictions

Huang Fan burst onto Taiwan's literary scene within the Nineteen Eighties, publishing pointed city photographs and political satires that captured the examining public's recognition. After a long time of leading edge paintings, he's now one in all Asia's such a lot celebrated authors, an important to realizing the improvement of Taiwanese literature over the last fifty years.

Sarajevo Marlboro

Miljenko Jergovic’s impressive début selection of tales, Sarajevo Marlboro – winner of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize – earned him extensive acclaim all through Europe. Croatian through start, Jergovic ? spent his adolescence in Sarajevo and selected to stay there all through lots of the struggle.

The Fantasy Hall of Fame

The authorative significant other and follow-up to the acclaimed technological know-how Fiction corridor of reputation  recognizes the significance of fable to trendy literature, and enshrine the 30 favourite brief tales of all time. selected via well known poll one of the one thousand pros who make their livings developing America's bestselling goals, those are the undisputed classics: The unforgettable tales that stimulated and formed the mind's eye at paintings within the box this present day.

Extra info for To Room Nineteen: Collected Stories, Volume 1

Example text

Sophia sm iled an am biguous smile. ” Sim on w ent on. “ H e has,” said Peter, without hesitation. “ H e has cured lepers, he has . ” • 21* . chan ged w ater into wine, et cetera, et cetera,” Sim on interjected. “ Y e s,” Peter continued. “ H e has m ade a calling o f m ir­ acles and . ” “ I thought carp en try was his calling,” said Sim on. “ A n d ch arity,” said Peter. ” “ T h a t’s easily said,” Peter replied, with a quiver in his voice. “ H e’s picked up all kinds o f tricks in the bazaars o f E g y p t,” said one o f P eter’s disciples.

W hen I saw him, I burst into tears: he was som ebody else. ) N ow here he is in fron t o f the C afe Central, then at a cinem a, w here a piano plays while Voyage to the Moon un folds on the screen. L ater we find him looking over newly posted an ­ nouncem ents on the notice board in Jelacic Square, one o f which— and I m ention it only as a curiosity— announces a lecture by K rleza. T h e nam e o f A n n a Erem ija— a m aternal aunt, in whose Ju risic Street flat in Z agreb he will later live— figures here side by side with the nam es o f K rizaj, the op era singer, w hom he once passed in the U p p e r T o w n ; Ivan Labus, the cobbler who rep aired his shoes; and a certain A n te Dutina, in w hose bakery he bought his rolls .

A lth ou gh nearly five years had passed since the event, B a n d u ra ’s voice grew hoarse and m uffled w hen ever he spoke o f it, as if he w ere choking on a cough. It was not only the result o f alcohol, though the truth o f it was that by then he had becom e a ruin abandoned by his kind, a hu ge rusty ship ru n agrou n d and rotting in the shallows. “ D on ’t w o rry,” B a n d u ra wheezed. “ N o w hore on earth . 2 ? ” G reen h ou se flow er beds and abandoned outlying g a r­ dens had been ravaged fo r M ariette’s fu n eral; dogs barked all night; the hounds w ere called out, and Alsatians straining at the collar, that canine crown o f thorns; links o f heavy chains slid up taut steel wires, clanging like the chains o f all history’s slaves; and no one had the slightest inkling, not even the tired old gard en ers in whose ailing bones lay a history o f ailm ents as enorm ous as the history o f the proletariat, that on that night a sm all, separate revolution had taken place: the sailors o f the port o f H am burg storm ed the villas o f the w ealthy; the proletarian children o f L e H avre, M arseilles, A n tw erp m assacred the gladioluses, slitting stems at the root with sh arp sailor’s knives and tram pling m inor flora, unw or­ thy o f the knife, with heavy, scruffy boots.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.99 of 5 – based on 23 votes