A handsome selection of stories from the From the Risorgimento to the present. Calvino, Morante, Pirandello, etc as well as many other lesser known authors. A handsome accompaniment to Penguin’s recent and very successful Book of Japanese Short Stories.
LH led a wonderfully varied life – Greek-Irish by birth, he moved as a young man to the USA, then to Martinique and then to Japan where for many years he taught English literature at Tokyo Imperial University. First published in 1904, the year of his death, ‘Kwaidan ‘ is a collection of ghostly and uncanny stories that he translated from old Japanese texts or gathered himself.
Laurence Housman, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, introduction by Marina Warner
Includes Aladdin, The Three Calendars and The Sleeper Awakened. Beautifully written in what Warner calls the “dialect of enchantment”, enrapturingly recondite and an exquisite match for Dulac’s thrilling and fantastical illustrations. Ages 8-12 and everyone older too.