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By Charles Neider

Forty-nine brief tales, chosen for his or her richness of element, actual depictions of human ardour, and overseas scope, fill this assortment. The authors comprise american citizens similar to Hemingway, Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Flannery O'Connor, nineteenth and twentieth century Western eu giants corresponding to Proust, Sartre, Flaubert, Kafka, Mann, Pirandello, Rilke, and Balzac, Russian icons Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, and Chekhov, and Asian writers Rabindranath Tagore and Lu Hsun. whereas the various names are recognizable (though a few, resembling Bunin, Lagerlof, Nexo, and Svevo rank one of the lesser-known), Neider has preferred gemstones much less widely used to the common reader.

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