The first short story collection in the Margellos series, from a master of the genre and an irrepressible critic during Argentina’s brutal years of repression Acclaimed for the gemlike perfection of her short stories, Liliana Heker has repeatedly received major literary awards in her native Argentina. Her work has some of the dark humor of Saki or Roald Dahl, and her versaThe first short story collection in the Margellos series, from a master of the genre and an irrepressible critic during Argentina’s brutal years of repression Acclaimed for the gemlike perfection of her short stories, Liliana Heker has repeatedly received major literary awards in her native Argentina. Her work has some of the dark humor of Saki or Roald Dahl, and her versatility and range have earned her a wide, appreciative audience. This expertly translated volume brings to English-language readers the full compass of Heker’s stories, from her earliest published volume (1966) through her most recent (2011). Heker rejected exile during the dangerous Dirty War years and formed part of a cultural resistance that stood against repression. As a writer, she found in the microcosm of the family and everyday events subtle entry into political, historical, and social issues. Heker’s stories examine the rituals people invent to relate to one another, especially girls and women, and they reveal how the consequences of tiny acts may be enormous. With charm, economy, and a close focus on the intimate, Heker has perfected the art of the glimpse....
|Title||:||Please Talk to Me: Selected Stories|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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Please Talk to Me: Selected Stories Reviews
In Please Talk to Me, Liliana Heker shines a slightly twisted light on the South American family dynamic in a series of fourteen short stories. Please do not mistake this for your average short story collection. The majority of these tales are darkly humorous, with a few heavy dramas mixed in, along the lines of Roald Dahl. Several of these pieces moved me. I particularly related to "The Music of Sundays." Coming from a futbol loving family myself, this story of a family bonding over the "Ole, ole, ole" soccer chant on a Sunday afternoon really hit home for me. Other stories, like "The Stolen Party" and "The Cruelty of Life" struck a more serious chord, focusing on heavier issues like socio-economic status and aging/treatment of the elderly, while others take it even further - suicide, child abuse, murder etc.Unfortunately, there WERE stories that missed the mark. Had I not written a quick synopsis after reading "Family Life" or "The Night of the Comet," I would have completely forgotten what they were about -- even now, I can't put a definite finger on the theme of either of those stories.In my honest opinion, this collection got weaker as the book progressed. The stories toward the beginning of the book really caught my attention, but as I continued reading I found myself becoming more and more unimpressed. Ultimately, I enjoyed this collection and would definitely recommend it to anyone with a dark sense of humor.
An excellent collection of short stories full of devilishly funny black humour & sincerity.