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Stories of Happy People (A New Directions book) Hardcover – 13 Aug 1986

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Tells the stories of a Swedish research engineer in communist China, railroad travelers, intellectuals in exile, the power of love, and the private worlds of the mentally retarded.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
opaque and illuminating all at once... 5 Dec. 2007
By Antoine Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
These stories are unique, philosophical, oddly shaped, opaque, and (paradoxically) illuminating. At times, they operate like memory: seemingly capricious at the outset, intensely focussed later on. I don't know of anyone else who writes quite like Gustafsson.
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An outstanding, overlooked collection of stories 8 Mar. 2002
By Jess Row - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Stories of Happy People" is one of my very favorite collections of stories; there's absolutely nothing like it that I know of. Lars Gustaffson--a Swedish writer long since transplanted to Texas--is one of the greatest unknown writers alive today.
Clever, witty, sad. 8 Sept. 2013
By Rosemary Lilburne - Published on
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Beautifully written Gustafsson blends literature with philosophy in a very poignant way within these short stories. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the combination of those things.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I like this guy 24 Aug. 2005
By Gary Lehmann - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I like this guy. He really has a command of intuition, but I feel like he is always in a state of self-doubt. He manages to feel the moment and creates a passing second that lives vividly, but then he philosophizes beyond the moment and wastes the opportunity to be profound. Still, I like this guy. He tells me a lot about the beating heart, the hot blood,the cool calculation, the keen insight, the flat out lie.
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