Internationally celebrated as among the finest stories written in English today, Mavis Gallant's fiction offers a penetrating and powerful vision of contemporary human relationships in Europe and North America.
The Moslem Wife and Other Stories brings together eleven of Gallant's best stories from over three decades. These embody the beauty, irony, and compassion of a master writer's fictional universe. Amid the complex perceptions of the past that haunt her characters, Gallant deploys her sharp comic eye to superb effect: in the figures who move through her stories, we catch troubling, fleeting glimpses of our own lives.
Selected and with an afterword by Mordecai Richler.
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About the Author
Mavis Gallant has been awarded the 2006 Prix Athanase-David, an annual prize given by the government of Quebec to a writer for the complete body of his or her work.
Born in Montreal in 1922, Mavis Gallant left a career as a leading journalist in that city to move to Paris in 1950 to write.
Since that time she has been publishing stories on a regular basis in "The New Yorker," many of which have been anthologized. Her world-wide reputation has been established by books such as "From the Fifteenth District" and "Home Truths," which won the Governor General s Award in 1982. In that same year she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming a Companion of the Order in 1993, the year that she published "Across the Bridge" and was the recipient of a special tribute at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in Toronto. In 1996, "The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant" was published to universal acclaim.
Gallant is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has received several honorary degrees from Canadian universities and remains a much-sought-after public speaker. In 2001 she became the first winner of the Matt Cohen Award.
She continues to live in Paris. "From the eBook edition.""