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This stunning collection of short stories, available for the first time in paperback, spans more than three decades of writing by one of the most acclaimed literary voices of our time.
"These compelling tales of elemental fear and ever-pressing silence culminate in the great, dark and desperate final story, a masterful piece of work by one of our best writers."--Don DeLillo
"Mr. Mathiessen proves himself to be a connoisseur of coiled tensions, between men and women, between people of different social classes, and, repeatedly, between races...There is something almost mysterious about his achievement...qualities for which one can think only classical or old-fashioned words: gravitas, grandeur, beauty."--The New York Times