The Passing of Mr Quinn
The Book of the Film Adapted from a Short Story
Who poisoned the sinister Professor Appleby: his wife, a neighbour in love with her, or Appleby's mistress, the parlourmaid? It could be an Agatha Christie plot – and it is. The 1928 silent film The Passing of Mr Quinn was based on a short story by Agatha Christie, and this is the book of the film.
Flappers and Philosophers
Published in 1920 following the success of the novel This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald's first collection of short stories includes many of his finest. 'The Offshore Pirate', 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair', 'The Ice Palace' and 'Benediction' present his archetypal Jazz Age heroines, the beautiful and wilful young women who became a hallmark of his fiction. Part of the Cambridge Edition series, this volume includes notes and details of the stories' composition and publication history.
Notes on the Cuff
& Other Stories
In this collection of early fiction and reportage written during the 1920s, the title story is a comical, autobiographical account of surviving hunger, typhus, civil war and bureaucracy to become a writer. Translated by Alison Rice, with an introduction by Ellendea Proffer.
and Other Stories
This collection of six stories, first published in 1988, offers an introduction to the fiction of Boris Pilnyak (1894–1937), whose work – revolutionary in both style and subject matter – eventually led to his death sentence in Stalin’s USSR. Translated by Vera T Reck and Michael Green.
An Anthology of Russian Literature Under Gorbachev
First published in 1990, this anthology brings together fiction by ten writers active during the Russian literary renaissance that began with Gorbachev’s reforming policies in the 1980s. The selection comprises four novellas and seven stories by writers including Mikhail Kuraev, Vladimir Makanin, Valery Popov and Tatyana Tolstaya. With an introduction and brief profiles of the authors.
The Petty Demon
This decadent and very provocative novel by the symbolist writer and poet Fyodor Sologub (1863–1927) narrates the lurid story of Peredonov, a sadistic and generally repellent schoolmaster, descending into madness in his provincial town. Translated and introduced by SD Cioran, along with short critical essays. Slightly off-mint.
An Extraordinary Event, or a Show in the Arcade, The True Story of How a Certain Gentleman of Familiar Age and Familiar Appearance was Swallowed Alive by the Arcade Crocodile, Completely, and Utterly, and What Came Out
Written in 1865, this satire on the Russian radical left concerns Ivan Matveich, a civil servant who goes to see a crocodile on show as a foreign curiosity. Ivan is swallowed whole but survives to carry on preaching socialism from the monster’s belly. Translated, with an introduction by SD Cioran.
Rabbits and Boa Constrictors
Fazil Iskander (1929–2016) was famously described as the ‘Abkhazian Mark Twain’, having a similar sense of humour to the American author. Written in 1989, this novel tells of a struggle between rabbits and boa constrictors – the manipulators and the manipulated trying to function in a failed utopia.