The characters that inhabit Freya McClements' debut collection of short stories are each trying to make their way in a world in which love or lust has pushed them to the very edge of society - and sometimes beyond.
Journalism took a heavy toll on Orwell in the first months of 1946. Despite this unremitting pressure, he produced a major sequence of articles on "The Intellectual Revolt," and wrote one of his finest short essays, "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad." He wrote two radio plays for the BBC, and a pamphlet for the British Council, all of which are printed here for the first time. Orwell renewed contact with Yvonne Davet, he corresponded with Ihor Szewczenko, he tried to get Victor Serge's memoirs published in English, and he attempted to expose Soviet responsibility for the massacre of the Poles by arranging for a translation of Joseph Czapski's Souvenirs de Starobielsk to be published.
"Guillermo Cabrera Infante, recipient of the coveted Cervantes Prize, awarded annually to the best living Spanish language writer, is without a doubt the only Londoner whose heart is in Havana. Off to an early start, he published short stories, became a literary ghost editor, founded a literary journal, co-founded a literary society, and spent time in jail for the use of profanity in a publication, all by the time he was 23 years-old." "Cabrera Infante is the author of the prize-winning novel Tres tristes tigres (1967) [Three Trapped Tigers (1971)], the autobiographical novel La Habana para un Infante difunto (1979) [Infante's Inferno (1984)], several volumes of short stories and essays, including Mea Cuba (1992, 1994), Writes of Passage (1993), Cine o Sardina (1997), Todo esta hecho con espejos (1999), La vencana pineal (1999), and Holy Smoke (1985), a book length essay written in English." "In Assays, Essays, and Other Arts, ten of the author's most prominent critics delve into his life and work, crafting essays on Cabrera Infante as journalist, cineaste, literary critic, and commentator on arts, leisure, and memoirs. This book makes available, for the first time, an extensive bibliography of Cabera Infante's essays, a majority of which have been previously unavailable in North America. Assays, Essays, and Other Arts is an admirable response to Cabrera Infante's essays and film writing and provides a valuable resource for students, scholars, or anyone interested in the work of this modern master."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved