THE ANARCHISTS’ CONVENTION AND OTHER STORIES
By John Sayles
Nation Books (2005, world English rights)
Paper • ISBN-13: 9781560256915 • US $15.95 • 8.3 in x 5.5 in • 313 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Before John Sayles was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, he was a National Book Award-nominated writer of fiction. The Anarchists’ Convention is Sayles’s first, celebrated short story collection, and includes the widely anthologized, O. Henry award-winning “I-80 Nebraska.” Infused with humor and compassion, diverse in scene and character, each narrative captures the idioms and matter-of-fact strength of the homeless, restless, and eternally hopeful.
These American originals range from a kid on the road headed westward; a lonely woman temping in Boston; anthropologists in the field; bums on the beach; and speed-addled truckers gabbing over the CB radio — and of course the anarchists of the title, ancient septuagenarian political die-hards who find strength for a noble last stand.
“Many writers can render credible characters in a credible world, but only a few can do so with a warmth and a humor that is as wise as it is true.”
“[Sayles’s] ancestry is more like the reportorial vigor Jack London on one side and a little of the sweet impressionism of Stephen Crane on the other.”
The New York Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Sayles works as a fiction writer, screenwriter, actor and feature film director. His novel Union Dues (1978) was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award. He has written over a hundred screenplays and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has directed 18 feature films, with another, I Passed This Way, currently in progress. His films Matewan and Lone Star, as well as his previous novel A Moment in the Sun, are often used for instruction in History and American Studies courses.
OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR:
Dillinger in Hollywood: New and Selected Short Stories
Silver City and Other Screenplays
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