Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories (Paperback)

By Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie (Introduction by)
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Whether you're looking to delve into the wondrous world of Angela Carter for the first time or your appetite for her prose is already insatiable (for there is no in between), Burning Your Boats is truly a worthwhile collection to get your hands on. From the re-spun fairy tales for which she is probably best known (The Bloody Chamber) to the otherwise out-of-print or hard to find but equally, if not more, amazing collections (Saints and Strangers and American Ghosts and Old World Wonders being my favorites), every word this woman wrote is perfection -- and everyone should know it.

— Molly


One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, citicism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talentsas a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of talesare most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.

About the Author

Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

Salman Rushdie is the author of seventeen books, including "Shame", "The Satanic Verses", and "Midnight's Children", which was named the "Booker of Bookers," the best novel to have won the Booker Prize for fiction in the award's history. Among his many literary honors are the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Whitbread Prize, the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature, and a 2007 Knighthood for services to literature. 2012 marked the international publication of "Joseph Anton", his memoir of more than nine years spent in hiding due to the fatwa issued against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Praise For…

"Carter's world is strange, dangerous, and beautiful."
Alison Lurie, The New York Times Book Review

"A treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience mysterious, glamorous, beautiful."
Carolyn See, The Washington Post

"Carter's ability to probe the secret places in the human psyche, where mysterious erotic longings and unacknowledged links with the unearthly lie buried, verges on the supernatural."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Her imagination was one of the most dazzling of this century."
Marina Warner

"An amazing plum pudding you should not miss this book."
Margaret Atwood, Toronto Globe & Mail

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140255287
ISBN-10: 0140255281
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 1997
Pages: 480
Language: English