The Big Book of Modern Fantasy - Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (eds)

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy - Ann & Jeff Vandermeer (eds)

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"This encyclopedic anthology picks up where the VanderMeers' The Big Book of Classic Fantasy left off, offering a staggering 91 fantasy shorts published between 1946 and 2010. In the introduction, the VanderMeers define fantasy as "any story in which an element of the unreal permeates the real world or any story that takes place in a secondary world that is identifiably not a version of ours." This encompasses undeniable masterworks, including Vladimir Nabokov's "Signs and Symbols" and Gabriel García Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," but is too broad a theme to unify the anthology as a whole. Instead, the VanderMeers offer a sweeping survey, highlighting stories by genre greats (Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchet), modern titans (Stephen King, Victor Lavalle, George R.R. Martin, Haruki Murakami) and beloved cult figures (Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter) and celebrating lesser-known works in translation, including Pakistani legend Intizar Hussain's "Kaya-Kalp (Metamorphosis)," Guyanese novelist Edgar Mittelholzer's "Poolwana's Orchid," and the first English translations of stories by Mexican author Alberto Chimal, Swedish author Marie Hermanson, and Polish author Marta Kisiel."  Publishers Weekly May 2020