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Ben Marcus

BEN MARCUS is the author of four books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, and Time. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He lives in New York City.

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Notes From Underground
Written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Afterword by Andrew R. MacAndrew, Translated by Andrew R. MacAndrew, Introduction by Ben Marcus
Signet | Paperback | November 2004
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-52955-8 (0-451-52955-3)

A collection of powerful stories by one of the masters of Russian literature, illustrating Fyodor Dostoyevsky's thoughts on political philosophy, religion and above all, humanity.

From the primitive peasant who kills without understanding that he is destroying a human life, to the anxious antihero of Notes From Underground—a man who both craves... Read more

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
Edited by Ben Marcus
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3482-6 (1-4000-3482-5)

“In twenty-nine separate but ingenious ways, these stories seek permanent residence within a reader. They strive to become an emotional or intellectual cargo that might accompany us wherever, or however, we go. . . . If we are made by what we read, if language truly builds people into what they... Read more

The Flame Alphabet
Written by Ben Marcus
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2012
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-73997-1 (0-307-73997-X)

In The Flame Alphabet, the most maniacally gifted writer of our generation delivers a novel about how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones.
The sound of children's speech has become lethal. In the park, adults wither beneath the powerful screams of their offspring. For young parents Sam...

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Leaving the Sea
Written by Ben Marcus
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-73998-8 (0-307-73998-8)

By turns hilarious and heartfelt, dark and illuminative, Ben Marcus’s Leaving the Sea is a ground breaking collection of stories from one of the single most vital, extraordinary, and unique writers of his generation.

In the heartfelt “I Can Say Many Nice Things,” a washed-up writer toying with infidelity leads a... Read more

New American Stories
Edited by Ben Marcus
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2015
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7354-4 (0-8041-7354-0)

In New American Stories, the beautiful, the strange, the melancholy, and the sublime all comingle to show the vast range of the American short story . In this remarkable anthology, Ben Marcus has corralled a vital and artistically singular crowd of contemporary fiction writers. Collected here are practitioners of deep realism... Read more

Notable American Women
Written by Ben Marcus
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2002
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71378-1 (0-375-71378-6)

Ben Marcus achieved cult status and gained the admiration of his peers with his first book, The Age of Wire and String. With Notable American Women he goes well beyond that first achievement to create something radically wonderful, a novel set in a world so fully imagined that it creates its... Read more

Notes from the Fog
Written by Ben Marcus
Knopf | Hardcover | August 21, 2018
$26.95/35.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-94745-6 (1-101-94745-4)

With these thirteen transfixing, ingenious stories, Ben Marcus gives us timely dystopian visions of alienation in a modern world--cosmically and comically apt. Never has existential catastrophe been so much fun.

In "The Grow-Light Blues," a hapless, corporate drone finds love after being disfigured testing his employer's newest nutrition supplement--the enhanced glow from... Read more