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Stories of Happy People (A New Directions book) [Hardcover]

L Gustafsson

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing (13 Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811209776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811209779
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,678,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars opaque and illuminating all at once... 5 Dec 2007
By Antoine Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, overlooked collection of stories 8 Mar 2002
By Jess Row - Published on Amazon.com
"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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, witty, sad. 8 Sep 2013
By Rosemary Lilburne - Published on Amazon.com
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this guy 24 Aug 2005
By Gary Lehmann - Published on Amazon.com
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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