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Lost in Uttar Pradesh

New and Selected Stories

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July 1, 2009 | Paperback | 5 x 7.8, 304 Pages | ISBN 9781582434834
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“[A] wealth of detail and leisurely pace uncommon in contemporary fiction.” —Christian Science Monitor

Evan S. Connell is by any measure one of America’s greatest living writers. His restraint, concision, and perfect pitch lend themselves stunningly to the short story form. He intuitively senses when to explain and when to let silence stand in speech’s stead. His characters—among them, a wanderer back from Spain, the corpulent Mr. Bemis, Katia and her lion—ring true not because the stories are filled with monumental events, but because they center on seemingly insignificant experiences that remain in the mind, imbued with a meaning ever difficult to define. Often we are left to float in their wake, ending in an ellipsis of sorts. Yet by Connell’s mastery, even the voices that speak only once resonate beyond the final page.

EVAN S. CONNELL is the author of eighteen books, including Francisco Goya, Deus Lo Volt!, Mrs. Bridge, and Son of the Morning Star. He has received numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He passed away in January 2013.

Praise

“[A] wealth of detail and leisurely pace uncommon in contemporary fiction.” —Christian Science Monitor

“[The stories] reverberate with the resonance of fine art… It’s another chance to appreciate polished stone from Tunis.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“[A] handful of solid achievements and some tantalizing loose ends.” —Seattle Times

“[A] willfully diverse collection, intended to give a taste of the author’s scope and range… enigmatic in both content and conception, it’s a vivid metaphor for Connell’s career.” —Los Angeles Times

“Connell’s stories allow the reader to wander—from the South Pacific during World War II, to New York, San Francisco, Kansas City, to the Indian cities of Benares and Delhi. His tone ranges from satirical to mysterious… If you’re trying Connell’s short fiction for the first time, you will be pleased.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR’s Books We Like

 

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