The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories
By Alberto Manguel
(Ecco, Hardcover, 9780060888480, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 2006
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Christmas is the storytelling time, the beginning of things expected but not yet seen, of tales suspenseful and mysterious, and full of a comfort of sorts. Internationally acclaimed anthologist Alberto Manguel offers an immensely enjoyable collection of twenty-three brilliant stories from across the globe, written under the merry canopy of Christmas.
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories includes tales by the best master storytellers, such as "The Turkey Season" by Alice Munro; "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor" by John Cheever; "Crèche" by Richard Ford; "Horatio's Trick" by Ann Beattie; "Another Christmas" by William Trevor; and "The Leaf-Sweeper" by Muriel Spark.
The collection also features voices of writers whose work has seldom or never been translated into English, such as "A Risk for Father Christmas" by Siegfried Lenz and "The Night Before Christmas" by Theodore Odrach. Eminently readable, The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories is a celebration of the most magical of seasons.
Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, Alberto Manguel is the author of several award-winning books, including The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, A History of Reading, and With Borges. He was born in Buenos Aires and now lives in France, where he was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His most recent book is A Reading Diary: A Year of Favorite Books.