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Despair

(1994)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The publication of Andre Alexis's award-winning first novel, Childhood, in 1998, marked the United States debut of one of Canada's most gifted young writers. Now, with Despair, Alexis offers further proof of his brilliance and displays a talent for spinning disturbing but elegant tales.

Emerging from the landscapes and the folklore of Trinidad and Canada, Despair reveals a world both recognizable and shockingly strange: in cities riven by fear and violence, quiet inhabitants lead outwardly banal lives that conceal sinister realities. A failed artist with beautiful hands is driven by a fetish for injuries in "The Third Terrace." While on an excursion to a bakery, a man wrestles with his capacity for evil deeds in "The Metaphysics of Morals." "Horse" centers on the bizarre experiments of a doctor who has rented space in the house of a grieving man. In "The Night Piece," a boy is haunted by a story told to him about a soucouyant, a vampire in the guise of an old woman who has settled nearby.

In eight exquisitely crafted stories, shimmering with malevolence and longing, Andre Alexis has fashioned an underworld and limned it with light.

    

Used availability for Andre Alexis's Despair

Hardback Editions

December 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Despair: And Other Stories
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 0-8050-5979-2 / 978-0-8050-5979-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

March 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Despair: And Other Stories
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 0-8050-5980-6 / 978-0-8050-5980-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
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September 1998 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 0-7710-0666-7 / 978-0-7710-0666-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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September 1994 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa
Author(s): Andre Alexis
ISBN: 0-88910-478-6 / 978-0-88910-478-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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