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.
Edited by Jay Rubin, introduction by Haruki Murakami
An anthology from the C19th to the present, ingeniously and painstakingly edited by Rubin whose brief to himself and to colleagues was that the stories selected should be unforgettable and resonant. Not every great Japanese author is represented here, though many are. The thematic ordering of the stories (‘Modern Life and Other Nonsense’, ‘Japan and the West’, ‘Nature and Memory’, ‘Dread’ and more) acts as an unobtrusive guide in a world probably unfamiliar to most of us.
Includes a tremendously knowledgeable essay by Haruki Murakami.
From Zadie Smith to Ali Smith, this new collection follows on from his magnificent 2-vol ‘The Penguin Book of the British Short Story’, published in 2015 (now in pbk, £12.99 each – contact us if you’d like to purchase either of these).