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"The Tattered Cloak": "The 10 Best Short Story Collections You've Never Read"

tatteredcloak coverIndeed, Nina Berberova's The Tattered Cloak is as fine a collection of short stories as you're likely to find from the twentieth century.

Mia Alvar writes at Publishers Weekly:

"The Russian expats who inhabit these stories aren't given a lot of time to nurse their wounds between the revolution back home and the impending world war in their adopted city of Paris. And Berberova's graceful but merciless portraits—of fading countesses, dreary bohemians, former elites now busing tables and cleaning floors, all clinging if only barely to their memories (or fantasies) of a fancier life—had me aching right along with them. One heroine, Sasha, wakes up from a dream with "a strange aftertaste, a mysterious knot that weighs on me to this very day"—words I could easily steal here to describe the spell Berberova casts with each story in this collection."

First published by Knopf, it's currently in available in paperback from New Directions.

Miranda July Takes Berberova to Her Desert Island

tatteredcloak coverMiranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her most recent work is The First Bad Man, a novel. For his bookshopand website One Grand Books, editor Aaron Hicklin asked July to name the ten books she'd take with her if she were marooned on a desert island. On March 11, 2016, her list, "My Bookshelf, Myself," ran in the New York Times Style Magazine and included the brilliant choice of Nina Berberova's The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories, which was first published, in her lifetime, in hardback by Alfred A. Knopf and in paperback by Vintage. Subsequently, this volume and five others became part of the brilliant New Directions catalog and remains very much in print.

For the story of how the title story acquired its title, you can read my essay at Words Without Borders, "The Tattered Cloak: The Story of the Title," which illustrates just how convoluted the path to a title can be.

The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories corresponds roughly to Berberova's collection Облегчение участи[Sentence Commuted]--which Berberova considered her finest fiction.

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