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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  825 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Fat Phil can't believe his luck at dice, but when his friends turn nasty, he pleads with fate to let him lose; a salesman psychs himself up with encouraging messages from fortune cookies, until the advice turns sour; a young boy experiences the onset of puberty as a sudden crushing weight one summer's afternoon." "Hubert Selby began as a writer of short stories and he exce ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published 2010 by نشر چشمه (first published 1986)
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Arash
Mar 07, 2017 Arash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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فقط داروها نبود که نمی گذاشتند غلت بزند و زنش را لمس کند و دلگرمش کند و به او بگوید که دوستش دارد و از همه چیز ممنون است، بیشتر مسئولیتی که چنین حرکتی به همراه آورد مانعش بود. کاش می شد جوری لمسش کند که همه چیز را خوب بفهمد، اگر می شد مثل گذشته ها دستش را آرام روی گونه ی زنش بگذارد و احساس عشقش را درون او جاری کند، آن وقت او هم بر می گشت و لبخند می زد و دستش را می گرفت و می بوسید. نمی توانست در برابر چنین چیزی مقاومت کند ولی او هم در عوض مجبور می شد دنبال لغت و عبارت بگردد که برایش ممکن نبود. ی
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KamRun
May 29, 2014 KamRun rated it really liked it
پیش از خواندن کتاب،با سلبی در فیلم "مرثیه ای برای یک رویا" ساخت آرونوفسکی آشنا شده بودم،به همین خاطر بنا به پیش فرض قبلی توقع زیادی از "ترانه برف خاموش" داشتم که در حین خواند کتاب و از داستان دوم به بعد کاملا برآورده شد.کتاب در واقع از 15 داستان کوتاه تشکیل شده که با توجه به تم اروتیک 3 داستان کتاب و عدم امکان چاپ آن ها در ایران،سه داستان در نسخه فارسی این کتاب قرار نگرفته است.برای داستان ها نمی توان سبک و موضوع خاصی در نظر گرفت.فقط می توان گفت نام شخصیت اول اکثر داستان ها هری است،اکثر کاراکتر ه ...more
arcobaleno
Un unico tema: solitudine, paura, angoscia, in 15 variazioni.
I primi racconti hanno ritmi assordanti, serrati, timbri di tamburi, percussioni:
In testa aveva una ridda di pensieri. Gli esplodevano nel cranio. Gli trapassavano orecchie e naso. Gli zampillavano poi dalla bocca e gli si avvolgevano intorno alla testa e gli si cacciavano in gola.
Poi il ritmo si calma e negli ultimi predominano le voci di violini e flauti, con i loro lamenti umani che sollevano in un’altra dimensione e placano l’anim
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MJ Nicholls
HSJ’s only story collection, released in 1986, lacks the power of his novel work—those books thrive on slow-building doom and the repetitive grind of addiction and madness, whereas these vignettes can’t attribute their weaknesses to style. Selby’s affinity and loyalty to the down-and-outs of New York never relented, unlike Lou Reed, who switched from bourgeois reformist to street-smart wiseguy in the space of two albums (listen to New York then play the laughable The Blue Mask to see my point). ...more
Amene
Apr 25, 2017 Amene rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
خيلي خوب بود چند وقتي بود مجموعه داستان كوتاهي اينقدر جذاب و متفكرانه نخونده بودم.فلسفه ي شيرين و لذت بخشي پشت تمام قصه ها بود.
Elahe
May 17, 2015 Elahe rated it really liked it
تمام مدت خوندنش آهنگِ Lux Aeterna از ساوند ترکِ فیلم ریکوئیم برای یک رویا تو مغزم رژه میرفت
نمیدونم چرا.
Pooriya
Aug 27, 2012 Pooriya rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
داستانهایی پر از دیوانگی! دیوانگانی که به جامعه انضباطیِ آسایشگاهروانی هدایت میشوند توسط جامعه کنترلی. جامعهای که هرکس در آن نقشی دارد (باید نقشی داشته باشد!)، نقش پدر، کارمند (کارگر)، فرزند، نقش کنترلگر در جامعه کنترلی!

تمامیت این جامعه کنترلی منجر به چیزی به اسم بیماریهای روانی میشود، لازمهی این جامعه وجود چنین ناهنجاریهاییست، وجود کسانی که نقش را نمیپذیرند یا در میانهی نقشپذیری فرو میپاشند و از قالبی که جامعه برای آنها تعیین کرده بیرون میآیند. خانواده که جزو نهادهای مقدس در این جوامع بهشمار می
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Allan
Nov 22, 2013 Allan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of Selby Jr's novels, and have to say that I enjoyed them more than I did this collection. Selby's work can be hard hitting thematically and challenging to read stylistically, and while this approach was effective at times in this collection, at other times it seemed a little forced. Not a book that I'd consider revisiting and I would recommend investing time in his novels rather than this collection should anyone wish to read his work.
Andy
Apr 23, 2008 Andy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: numb nuts
Shelves: gay-lesbian
Basically every character in each story is so unbearably neurotic you want to slap them in the face with a dead fish. It’s one thing to create these neurotics in the Fifties (a time when there was a reason for said anxiety). Forty years later to have this nutty behavior in every story is merely annoying.
Ryland Dinneen
I'm very surprised that SOTSN doesn't seem to be a popular one for Selby. I personally loved every page of it, and some of the stories really left me feeling raw. Hubert's writing isn't the same as always - he still goes for the brutally realistic and the disturbing, but here he has mixed it up with stories that are far more tender to the touch. His writing is always full of love, no matter how hellish the situations can be, but the love shines through the pages here like it hasn't in any of his ...more
Mimonni
Nov 04, 2012 Mimonni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dopo aver letto tempo fa Ultima fermata a Brooklyn, questo libro di racconti di Selby, non fa che confermare l' opinione più che positiva che ho di quest'autore.
Personaggi problematici che sopportano la loro condizione di disagio, dove il disagio può essere sia materiale, ma molto spesso psichico.
personaggi che escono dalle storie nella loro completezza seppur nel breve spazio delle pagine di un racconto.

Il mio preferito "Il cappotto" ( che mi ha fatto venir voglia di rileggermi il racconto omon

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Joseph
Dec 29, 2009 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the title story is one of my top 5 short stories.
Julian Meynell
This is a collection of short stories. As with all collections of short stories it varies in quality. It does not have the same intensity as the very best of Selby's writings, but some of it is really very good. He is at his best when he is exploring the intimate horrors of the lowest dregs of society in the tales. I find Selby to be always right on the money when he does. This he is the most accurate person on the life in the gutter of America. His writing has its brilliance and subtlety but it ...more
Colin N.
Selby, chronicler of the downtrodden, often depressed/unhinged/pathetic underbelly of society, returns in this collection of stories to portray the dashed dreams and struggles of men and women in NYC in the 70s.



There are some interesting and sad stories here, particularly “the Coat,” and Selby capably renders a sense of atmosphere and tragedy, while still adding a touch of dark humor.



Nevertheless, these stories lack the visceral punch and insanity of some of his other works. Selby does not see
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Simon A. Smith
I've always felt a kinship with Mr. Selby and I was sad to see him go a few years back. I met him and he signed a copy of this book at a reading in 2000. This collection includes one of my favorite short stories: "Hi, Champ." The guy just had an awesome mind and one hell of an imagination. His demons are the hidden, unspoken demons that haunt us all.
Brian
Jul 04, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by the author of Requiem for a Dream. The heroes of the stories are always torturing themselves. I love the toughness and empathy.
Kurishin
There are some brilliant short stories in this collection but the overall is let down by some duds (in an attempt to publish 15 stories, I presume). Selby gets at places Cheever can't or won't in suburbia and the NYC pieces are generally excellent. The pieces that lack tension and movement unsurprisingly leave one wishing they were excluded. I would rather have this variance than other, more steady collections at a flatline three stars.
Andy Norris
Mar 20, 2017 Andy Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These struck me as a more modern and maybe a bit darker Cheever stories. I loved most of them.
Evan
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Eve Kay
Apr 24, 2016 Eve Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, drunken
Fat Phils Day
Went over my head

Hi Champ
Was brilliant, pure, utter Shelby.

Double Feature
Had a lot of Bukowski in it. Maybe it HAD Bukowski in it.

Fortune Cookie
Building up like only Shelby can BUT predictable if you've read him enough.

A Penny for Your Thoughts
A lot like The Demon. Can't make up my mind.

Liebesnacht
Some of the best writing. Ever.

The Sound
Highly intense. Did I mention this one was intense?

Im Being Good
Very unlike Selby. Loved it!

Indian Summer
Very, very Selby. Brilliantly constructed
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Sarah Tipper
Feb 28, 2016 Sarah Tipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first couple of stories I found the punctuation distracting but then I stopped noticing. The depth of Selby’s characters is wonderful, you feel you’re right behind their eyes, on the inside looking out. Some of his characters are the sort of people who don’t usually get a voice. Selby covers depression, homelessness, frustrated fathers and many more characters in the fifteen short stories in this book. Sometimes you’re surprised at the places people find joy. It reminded me a little of A ...more
Deborah Sheldon
More vignettes than short stories. And Selby Jr. sure hates using punctuation, which I found distracting.
Zack
Aug 04, 2008 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories is excellent, notably "The Coat". The protagonists are all named Harry or Harold, with only one exception. At first I thought they all referred to the same person, but one or two of the stories make that seem unlikely. Reading about it on damazon, I came across an angry exchange between two reviewers: one complained on the Harry thing and the other said the complainer had "missed the point," implying some arcane significance to them all being Harry that was obvious to ...more
Guillermo
Nov 26, 2007 Guillermo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jenn
I've read this book in the past. I has to be one of my favorite short story collections and my favorite Hubert Selby, Jr. book. I treasure it with my every fiber because of the stories within the text. The last being my favorite and more inpsiring.

Carlo Andrea
una serie di racconti, in alcuni casi più schizzi di personaggi che racconti veri e propri, che hanno come elemento comune la stranezza, e spesso la durezza, della vita.
in alcuni casi però si fa fatica (io ho fatto fatica...) a seguire il filo e/o a comprendere il senso.
Ghadir
Feb 02, 2011 Ghadir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ترانه برف خاموش اولین اثری که از هیوبرت سلبی در ایران منتشر می شه شخصیت های داستانها ادمهای هستند در جامعه مدرن که حساس و شکننده اند و فکرزیاد میکنندوبا استرس و اضطراب که جامعه به اونها منتقل می کنه ازهم می پاشند.مجموعه داستان خوبیه مخصوصا به نظرم داستان پالتوو صدا
Fabio Cazzulani
I primi racconti trasmettono solo tristezza, da "Pubertà" in poi trovo maggiore profondità. L'edizione non fornisce riferimenti temporali, quindi non so se si tratti di un caso o di un percorso di maturazione dell'autore.
Mary
Jan 14, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Superb...and not even his most acclaimed!

The Coat, Of Whales and Dreams, and Song of the Silent Snows.... perfection. All the stories in this collection are incredible writing. I cannot wait to read everything this man has written.
Zeus Polak
Jun 26, 2013 Zeus Polak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fucking amazing!!!!
Guy
Aug 06, 2014 Guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***1/2
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Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn and went to sea as a merchant marine while still in his teens. Laid low by lung disease, he was, after a decade of hospitalizations, written off as a goner and sent home to die. Deciding instead to live, but having no way to make a living, he came to a realization that would change the course of literature: "I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer." Dr ...more
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It did not seem possible, but the air was even softer and quieter. He continued walking alongside his prints feeling he could walk forever, that as long as the silent snow continued falling he could continue walking, and as he did he would leave behind all worries and cares, all horrors of the past and future. There would be nothing to bother him or torture his mind and fill his body with tremors of fear, the dark night of the soul over. There would only be himself and the soft, silent snow; and each flake, in its own life, its own separate and distinct entity, would bring with it its own joy, and he would easily partake of that joy as he continued walking, the gentle, silent snow falling ever so quietly, ever so joyously ... yes, and ever so love-ing-ly ... loveing-ly....”
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