Fires: Essays * Poems * Stories. Raymond Carver.

Fires: Essays * Poems * Stories.

London: Harvill/Collins, 1985. First Printing of the First UK Edition. A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. Raymond Carver's "Fires" is a quick introduction to the author who personifies literary minimalism. In this slim volume, the reader is treated to essays and poems, as well as Carver's trademark: taut short stories that, in remarkably few words, paint a vivid tableau of so much of American life. Carver's subjects are ones that other writers shy away from: working-class stiffs and the mundane lives they lead. But Carver's magic lies in his ability to fascinate the reader with seemingly unfascinating topics. The characters' souls are bared, the torment of their lives is revealed, the desperation of their economic situations is rendered so masterfully, and in so little space, that the reader marvels at how Carver manages to accomplish the feat. For students of the writer's trade, Carver offers a valuable lesson in how to use minimal syllables for maximum impact. This volume features seven short stories, fifty poems, and four essays. Item #24725

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