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Song of the Silent Snow

Written by Hubert Selby

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

Song of the Silent Snow Synopsis

Fat Phil can't lose at dice, even when his friends turn nasty and he's trying his hardest; a salesman finds success comes from fortune cookie mottoes, but panics when these mottoes turn against him; a date goes so perfectly a man talks himself out of ever seeing the woman again; a commuter finds himself obsessed with a plain young woman on his train, at the expense of his marriage. In this collection of short stories, Hubert Selby Jr. plunges the reader into the violent, passionate worlds of his protagonists and captures perfectly the delicate balance between joy and despair.

Song of the Silent Snow Press Reviews

Selby brings a scorching light to a limited area of human existence, which most people know of but do not know * Newsweek * Selby's place is in the front rank of American novelists ... to understand his work is to understand the anguish of America * New York Times Book Review * We believe Selby's characters and will never forget them. Selby has written from the gut with great compassion * The Nation *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241951248
Publication date: 26th April 2012
Author: Hubert Selby
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages

About Hubert Selby

Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song ...

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