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The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

de New York Times Magazine

Altres autors: Margaret Atwood (Col·laborador), Mona Awad (Col·laborador), Matthew Baker (Col·laborador), Mia Couto (Col·laborador), Edwidge Danticat (Col·laborador)26 més, Esi Edugyan (Col·laborador), Julián Fuks (Col·laborador), Rivka Galchen (Introducció), Paolo Giordano (Col·laborador), Uzodinma Iweala (Col·laborador), Etgar Keret (Col·laborador), Rachel Kushner (Col·laborador), Laila Lalami (Col·laborador), Victor Lavalle (Col·laborador), Yiyun Li (Col·laborador), Dinaw Mengestu (Col·laborador), David Mitchell (Col·laborador), Liz Moore (Col·laborador), Dina Nayeri (Col·laborador), Andrew O'Hagan (Col·laborador), Téa Obreht (Col·laborador), Tommy Orange (Col·laborador), Caitlin Roper (Prefaci), Karen Russell (Col·laborador), Kamila Shamsie (Col·laborador), Leïla Slimani (Col·laborador), Rivers Solomon (Col·laborador), Colm Tóibín (Col·laborador), John Wray (Col·laborador), Charles Yu (Col·laborador), Alejandro Zambra (Col·laborador)

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A stunning collection of short stories originally commissioned by The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, this year's National Book Award winner Charles Yu, and more. When reality is surreal, only fiction can make sense of it. In 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote The Decameron: one hundred nested tales told by a group of young men and women passing the time at a villa outside Florence while waiting out the gruesome Black Death, a plague that killed more than 25 million people. Some of the stories are silly, some are bawdy, some are like fables. In March 2020, the editors of The New York Times Magazine created The Decameron Project, an anthology with a simple, time-spanning goal: to gather a collection of stories written as our current pandemic first swept the globe. How might new fiction from some of the finest writers working today help us memorialize and understand the unimaginable? And what could be learned about how this crisis will affect the art of fiction? These twenty-nine new stories, from authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, Charles Yu, Rachel Kusher, Colm Toibin, and David Mitchell vary widely in texture and tone. Their work will be remembered as a historical tribute to a time and place unlike any other in our lifetimes, and will offer perspective and solace to the reader now and in a future where COVID-19 is, hopefully, just a memory. Table of Contents: "Preface" by Caitlin Roper "Introduction" by Rivka Galchen "Recognition" by Victor LaValle "A Blue Sky Like This" by Mona Awad "The Walk" by Kamila Shamsie "Tales from the LA River" by Colm Tóibín "Clinical Notes" by Liz Moore "The Team" by Tommy Orange "The Rock" by Leila Slimani "Impatient Griselda" by Margaret Atwood "Under the Magnolia" by Yiyun Li "Outside" by Etgar Keret "Keepsakes" by Andrew O'Hagan "The Girl with the Big Red Suitcase" by Rachel Kushner "The Morningside" by Téa Obreht "Screen Time" by Alejandro Zambra "How We Used to Play" by Dinaw Mengestu "Line 19 Woodstock/Glisan" by Karen Russell "If Wishes Was Horses" by David Mitchell "Systems" by Charles Yu "The Perfect Travel Buddy" by Paolo Giordano "An Obliging Robber" by Mia Couto "Sleep" by Uzodinma Iweala "Prudent Girls" by Rivers Solomon "That Time at My Brother's Wedding" by Laila Lalami "A Time of Death, The Death of Time" by Julián Fuks "The Cellar" by Dina Nayeri "Origin Story" by Matthew Baker "To the Wall" by Esi Edugyan "Barcelona: Open City" by John Wray "One Thing" by Edwidge Danticat… (més)
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The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic compiled by the New York Times is a collection that speaks to us all in one way now while we are living it and, hopefully, in another way when we have survived it. Like the work it references, it is more than simply the sum of its parts, it is also how these stories all, unintentionally, relate to each other as well as with us.

It has been about ten years since the last time I read The Decameron and it wasn't the first book to pop into my mind when this all started, though it did arrive shortly after. The idea of a contemporary version that addresses our new way of dealing with a pandemic was intriguing and, for me, worked very well.

In the here and now we can feel the stress and confusion many of these characters are experiencing, we are feeling many of the same things even if in different ways. These stories also allow us to safely, in our own homes, glimpse other people and maybe gain some insight into aspects of this pandemic that aren't affecting us and, maybe, be more understanding of our fellow human beings and their plights.

In the future, I am hoping that this collection will serve as a reminder that we are not all powerful, we are all a part of nature and, in the end, nature can and may well put us in our places for disregarding it for so long. If nothing else, we will be reminded of the fear and uncertainty that this silent invisible killer sowed on our society.

Highly recommended for both now and in the future.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  pomo58 | Nov 30, 2020 |
Early in the lockdown I was jarred by television images of people at parties and large groups, people not wearing masks, family gatherings around dinner tables. None of it reflected my reality: my spouse and I isolated in our home, walking in freezing weather before anyone else was on the street, learning Instacart and Doordash and Zoom.

This collection of stories caught my attention because they were reflections of this new reality. And, seeing the top-notch writers who contributed, I knew I would not be disappointed.

The stories reflect the shifting concerns and fears we experienced and are experiencing.

Oh yes, the early dearth of toilet paper! In a panic, my spouse ordered some from Amazon at an exorbitant cost. It took three months to arrive from Asia.

Zooming, homeschooling your kids, the obsession with news, watching for a glimmer of hope. The daily deaths. Learning how death can show up any time.

The fleeting happiness of isolating in place with another. Dreading that this is the new normal for ever. Teenagers obliviously carrying on as usual. Making masks. Scarfing up Chromebooks.

We are sharing a nightmare. Those who escape will be haunted. Some of these stories stick in my mind as perfect reflections of what haunts me.

I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Oct 7, 2020 |
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Awad, MonaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baker, MatthewCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Couto, MiaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Danticat, EdwidgeCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Edugyan, EsiCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Fuks, JuliánCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Galchen, RivkaIntroduccióautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Giordano, PaoloCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Iweala, UzodinmaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Keret, EtgarCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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Lalami, LailaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lavalle, VictorCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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O'Hagan, AndrewCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Obreht, TéaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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Roper, CaitlinPrefaciautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Russell, KarenCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Shamsie, KamilaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Slimani, LeïlaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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A stunning collection of short stories originally commissioned by The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, this year's National Book Award winner Charles Yu, and more. When reality is surreal, only fiction can make sense of it. In 1353, Giovanni Boccaccio wrote The Decameron: one hundred nested tales told by a group of young men and women passing the time at a villa outside Florence while waiting out the gruesome Black Death, a plague that killed more than 25 million people. Some of the stories are silly, some are bawdy, some are like fables. In March 2020, the editors of The New York Times Magazine created The Decameron Project, an anthology with a simple, time-spanning goal: to gather a collection of stories written as our current pandemic first swept the globe. How might new fiction from some of the finest writers working today help us memorialize and understand the unimaginable? And what could be learned about how this crisis will affect the art of fiction? These twenty-nine new stories, from authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, Charles Yu, Rachel Kusher, Colm Toibin, and David Mitchell vary widely in texture and tone. Their work will be remembered as a historical tribute to a time and place unlike any other in our lifetimes, and will offer perspective and solace to the reader now and in a future where COVID-19 is, hopefully, just a memory. Table of Contents: "Preface" by Caitlin Roper "Introduction" by Rivka Galchen "Recognition" by Victor LaValle "A Blue Sky Like This" by Mona Awad "The Walk" by Kamila Shamsie "Tales from the LA River" by Colm Tóibín "Clinical Notes" by Liz Moore "The Team" by Tommy Orange "The Rock" by Leila Slimani "Impatient Griselda" by Margaret Atwood "Under the Magnolia" by Yiyun Li "Outside" by Etgar Keret "Keepsakes" by Andrew O'Hagan "The Girl with the Big Red Suitcase" by Rachel Kushner "The Morningside" by Téa Obreht "Screen Time" by Alejandro Zambra "How We Used to Play" by Dinaw Mengestu "Line 19 Woodstock/Glisan" by Karen Russell "If Wishes Was Horses" by David Mitchell "Systems" by Charles Yu "The Perfect Travel Buddy" by Paolo Giordano "An Obliging Robber" by Mia Couto "Sleep" by Uzodinma Iweala "Prudent Girls" by Rivers Solomon "That Time at My Brother's Wedding" by Laila Lalami "A Time of Death, The Death of Time" by Julián Fuks "The Cellar" by Dina Nayeri "Origin Story" by Matthew Baker "To the Wall" by Esi Edugyan "Barcelona: Open City" by John Wray "One Thing" by Edwidge Danticat

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