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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849165572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849165570
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I much admired Cees Nooteboom's sharply melancholy stories' Julian Barnes, TLS Books of the Year.

'One of the most remarkable writers of our time' Alberto Manguel, Guardian.

'Poignant, wistful, and sometimes bitingly funny studies of memory, longing, regret, and a wry acceptance that this is what being alive is like' Independent on Sunday.

'Exquisite toys for the broken-hearted' Jonathan Gibbs, Independent.

'Both wise and beautiful' John de Falbe, Literary Review.

'Nooteboom is full of surprises and makes every word, every observation, not only count but also linger' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times.

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Set in the cities and islands of the Mediterranean, and linked thematically, the eight stories in The Foxes Come At Night read more like a novel, a meditation on memory, life and death. Their protagonists collect and reconstruct fragments of lives lived intensely, and now lost, crystallized in memory or in the detail of a photograph. In 'Paula', the narrator evokes the mysterious, brief life of a woman he once loved; in 'Paula II', the same woman is aware of the man thinking of her. No longer a body, she is slowly fading into the distance, remembering the time they spent together, and his fear of the black night when the foxes appear. And yet the tone of these stories is far from pessimistic; death, it seems, is nothing to be afraid of. Nooteboom is a superb stylist who observes the world with a combination of melancholy and astonishment. These stories are textured with humour, pathos and vast knowledge, the hallmarks of this outstanding and highly respected European writer.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David R. Slavitt on 28 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Cees Nooteboom is one of the great writers of our time, and these stories show that in even his small gestures he can achieve large resonances. The wise melancholy of his prose is immediately identifiable, even in translation (the translation is excellent, by the way). Reading him is not merely a literary but an almost spiritual exercise.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Maclagan on 19 Aug. 2011
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A set of short stories written late in life, full of powerful images, conveying the complexity of human relationships in a sensitive and economical style. lives up to its high reputation
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
"On our epic journey from nothing to nowhere...." 1 Feb. 2012
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These eight "stories" by the brilliant Cees Nooteboom (in yet another excellent translation by Ina Rilke) all concern relationships among life, death and memory. If you enjoy contemplating the important questions in life, you have come to the right place. Nooteboom begins with an excerpt from Raymond Chandler:
"You might have got yourself a story," I said. "Sure. But up here we're just people."
The point, I believe,is the people are the story. Photographs and the emotions they evoke, who is remembered and what is remembered about them, take us to a heightened awareness of how we are living and how we want to live. The stories at times consider the implications of the idea that we truly and finally die when we fade from memory.
If we die when we fade from memory, then, though aware of death, fear of death must not rule our lives; instead we should focus on how we want to live and how we affect others. It is difficult to describe just what Nooteboom is doing here. Perhaps an example will help: "There's just a handful of people scattered over the globe, male/female, who provide the salt of my existence, shall we say...People you mourn when they die, but also, and that's the crux, prior to their demise, people you find yourself grieving for even when you are still laughing about them."
These stories make us ask: who is remembered, and for what? Take a look at your old photos. Think about those people, their voices, their laughs. A death (life) is at the center of each story, except the last, The Furthermost Point, which describes a sort of ritual raging dance with gale-force winds. One feels advised to live, to face nature's forces head-on, to seek the furthermost point. "How far gone can you be if there's still someone laying flowers on your grave after forty years?" This book is engaging, beautifully crafted (and translated) but most strikingly profound in the way Nooteboom's descriptions of people and memory guide us, if we allow.
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The Foxes Come at Night, seducing your avid soul 16 Feb. 2014
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Cees is creating a vast range of possibility for interpretation of his characters, carefully maintaining tensions between life, death, reasons and love. His short stories are making so much sense of life complexities, allowing an understanding trough ever so multilayered ways of life.
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