Penguin Mini Moderns

Penguin - Mini ModernsIn February 2011, to celebrate half a century of publishing the very best, Penguin will launch a permanent brand new series: the Mini Moderns. The ultimate in short stories and novellas, and perfect for a fast-fiction-fix, the Mini Moderns will surprise with little known masterpieces from some of the greatest Penguin Modern Classic authors, from Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov and Raymond Chandler to William Trevor, Eileen Chang and Ludmilla Petrushevskaya.

The Mini Moderns serve up a quick literary hit, capturing outstanding writers in convenient, pocket-sized (just bigger than a postcard) and pocket-money priced editions. A satisfying shot of storytelling, the Mini Moderns will give readers an intense, powerful and essential taste of the writers who have left an indelible imprint on everything we read.

The fifty Mini Moderns are:

Hell Screen – Ryunosake Akutagawa
All The Blood Within Me – Kingsley Amis
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby – Donald Barthelme
The Expelled – Samuel Beckett
Him With His Foot in His Mouth – Saul BellowLa Grosse Fifi By Jean Rhys, book review, Penguin mini modern classics
The Widow Ching – Pirate – Jorge Luis Borges
The Delicate Prey – Paul Bowles
The Queen’s Necklace – Italo Calvino
The Adulterous Woman – Albert Camus
Children on Their Birthdays – Truman Capote
Bluebeard – Angela Carter
Killer in the Rain – Raymond Chandler
Red Rose, White Rose – Eileen Chang
The Strange Crime of John Boulnois – G. K. Chesterton
Youth – Joseph Conrad
Romance of the Thin Man and the Fat Lady – Robert Coover
Babette’s Feast – Isak Dinesen
Hassan’s Tower – Margaret Drabble
Short Treatise on the Joys of Morphinism – Hans Fallada
Babylon Revisited – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Living Daylights – Ian Fleming
The Machine Stops – E. M. Forster
The Tooth – Shirley Jackson
The Beast in the Jungle – Henry JamesYouth by Joseph Conrad, book review
Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book – M. R. James
Two Gallants – James Joyce
In the Penal Colony – Franz Kafka
‘They’ – Rudyard Kipling
Odour of Chrysanthemums – D. H. Lawrence
The Magic Paint – Primo Levi
The Colour Out Of Space – H. P. Lovecraft
Lunar Caustic – Malcolm Lowry
Wunderkind – Carson McCullers
Bliss – Katherine Mansfield
Flypaper – Robert Musil
Terra Incognita – Vladimir Nabokov
A Breath of Lucifer – R. K. Narayan
The Cornet-Player Who Betrayed Ireland – Frank O’Connor
The Sexes – Dorothy Parker
Through the Wall – Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
La Grosse Fifi – Jean Rhys
Filboid Studge, the Story of a Mouse That Helped – Saki
The Last Demon – Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Mark-2 Wife – William Trevor
Rich in Russia – John Updike
The Door in the Wall – H. G. Wells
Moon Lake – Eudora Welty
The Crime Wave at Blandings – P. G. Wodehouse
The Lady in the Looking Glass – Virginia Woolf
Chess – Stefan Zweig

To join the celebration 25 UK book blogs reviewed all books from the Mini Moderns edition. You can read two reviews on each of the following blogs: – Saul Bellow – Ian Fleming – Paul Bowles and Margaret Drabble – H.G. Wells and M.R. James – Jean Rhys and Joseph Conrad – Eileen Chang and R.K. Narayan – Stefan Zweig and Rudyard Kipling – Kingsley Amis and James Joyce – Saki and Frank O’Connor – Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson – H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Coover – Hans Fallada – Ludmilla Petrushevskaya and Truman Capote – D. H. Lawrence and Malcolm Lowry – Samuel Beckett and Raymond Chandler – Vladimir Nabokov – Shirley Jackson and Carson McCullers – E.M. Forster and Primo Levi – Dorothy Parker

You can read more about Mini Moderns on Penguin site.