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The Hunters

(2001)
An omnibus of novels by

 
 
"A Simple Tale" is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all.
"The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive? Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality?
Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Hunters: Two Novellas
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0-330-48814-7 / 978-0-330-48814-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0-15-100588-5 / 978-0-15-100588-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

May 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 1-5098-4206-3 / 978-1-5098-4206-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0-330-48815-5 / 978-0-330-48815-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0-15-600731-2 / 978-0-15-600731-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harvest Books
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
Publisher: Recorded Books
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
Publisher: Mariner Books
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