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The Hunters 

The Hunters (2001)
A collection of stories by Claire Messud

 
"A Simple Tale" is the moving account of Maria Poniatowski, an aging Ukrainian woman who was taken by the Germans for slave labor and eventually relocated to Canada as a displaced person. She struggles to provide her son Radek with every opportunity, but his eventual success increases the gulf between him and his mother. What of the past is she to preserve, and how to avoid letting the weight of that past burden the present? Maria's story is about the moments of connection and isolation that are common to us all.
"The Hunters," the second novella, is narrated by an American academic spending a summer in London who grows obsessed by the neighbors downstairs. Ridley Wandor, a plump and insipid caretaker of the elderly, lives with her ever-unseen mother and a horde of pet rabbits she calls "the hunters." While the narrator researches a book about death, all of Ridley Wandor's patients are dying. Loneliness breeds an active imagination. Is having such an imagination always destructive? Or can it be strong enough to create a new reality?
Far-flung settings and universal themes give a sweeping appeal to Claire Messud's work.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : Hardback
Title: The Hunters: Two Novellas
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0330488147 / 9780330488143 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2001 : Hardback
Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0151005885 / 9780151005888 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : Paperback
Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0330488155 / 9780330488150 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2002 : Paperback
Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: 0156007312 / 9780156007313 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: The Hunters: Two Short Novels
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: B004TSAQQ2
Publisher: Picador
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August 2002 : Kindle edition
Title: The Hunters
Author(s): Claire Messud
ISBN: B003ZSIT1G
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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