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Problems and Other Stories

(1979)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In this midcareer collection of twenty-three short stories, John Updike tackles such problems as separation, divorce, and remarriage, parents and children, guns and prostitution, leprosy, swooning, suffocation, and guilt. His self-seeking heroes tend to be forty; his heroines are asleep, seductive, longing, or reproachful. None of these characters is innocent, and all are looking vainly for the road back to an imagined Paradise. Pain and comedy closely coexist in this mainly domestic world of the 1970s, where life is indistinguishable from a television commercial (but what is it advertising?) and every morning's paper brings news of lost Atlantises.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Problems and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-233-97227-7 / 978-0-233-97227-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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October 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: Problems and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-50705-3 / 978-0-394-50705-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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January 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: Problems and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-394-50709-6 / 978-0-394-50709-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

December 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Problems: And Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-21103-7 / 978-0-449-21103-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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January 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Problems and Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
ISBN: 0-449-24360-5 / 978-0-449-24360-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Problems: And Other Stories
Author(s): John Updike
Publisher: Random House
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