Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.
A chance encounter leads a man to spend the afternoon with an older woman, now a widow, who escaped him fifteen years earlier. Neither of them doubts that the day will end in disgust, but for one intimate moment each finds a way to overcome mortality.
Written in 1969, before Milan Kundera was known to English-speaking readers, this story renders male and female characters painful equals, and prompted Philip Roth to admire its ‘detached Chekhovian tenderness’.
Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.