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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  132 reviews
La prosa de James Salter se caracteriza por su claridad y por estar impregnada de un suave aire lírico, testimonio de su gran capacidad evocadora. En este libro, el único que recopila sus relatos, da buena muestra como en unas piezas breves también es capaz de captar un terrotiro complejo en el que se reflejan la fragilidad de los vínculos emocionales, las trampas de la me ...more
Paperback, Modernos y clásicos de Muchnik, 167 pages
Published May 2008 by Muchnik Editores (first published February 1st 1988)
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May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficciones
Ah, Salterland! Where it’s always 196—. Where Town is a gleaming oak bar, Country a superb yet forsaken woman who drinks a little too much (and has a good chance of dying in a riding accident), and Europa a precocious gamine who is really down for anything, you just have to ask. I wouldn’t want a woman who hadn’t already lived a few lives, and so the title story “Dusk,” and “Foreign Shores,” stories of durable divorcees, autumn roses, seemed to me the most effective (affective is what I mean). “ ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Dusk and Other Stories includes eleven stories: "Am Strande von Tanger", "Twenty Minutes", "American Express", "Foreign Shores", "The Cinema", "Lost Sons", "Akhnilo", "Dusk", "Via Negativa", "The Destruction of the Goetheanum", and "Dirt".

My overall impression of the stories... The author frequently relates the stories of American expatriates living in Europe. Although he wasn't exactly an expatriate, Salter spent his many years of military service (in the 1940s and 50s) in Europe, where he und
Adrian Astur Alvarez
Sadly, I only discovered James Salter recently, after reading his obituary. His popularity among other writers doesn't surprise me. The prose in this collection of short stories dazzles. Salter has a way of juxtaposing a flurry of images within the space of a paragraph while only supplying just enough information to allow the reader's progress through the narrative. A lot of the characters in this particular collection seem to be women resolved to their bitterness - failed lives or living failur ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revised Review

From the introduction by Philip Gourevitch:

"The pilot was called, as he had been from birth, James Horowitz. The writer called himself James Salter. He was handsome, and he had style. He lived in Europe. His prose announced itself with a high modernist elegance. He made language spare and lush all at once—strong feelings made stronger by abbreviation, intense physicality haunted by a whiff of metaphysics: for everything that is described, even more is evoked.

These books all have th
Slater is known as a writer's writer. His prose is understated, but he paints exquisite portraits of people, places, and lives. I took my time reading this collection of short stores in order to savor them. The stories do more than describe people and places. Each one conveyed a mood, and the feeling of a time and place. Salter rarely gives the reader extraneous details. Sometimes I wasn't sure where the story was taking place or even the decade. Endings were sometimes so subtle I had to reread ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Salter's Dusk and Other Stories is a little difficult for me to rate as a whole. It wanders from three star to five plus stars. A collection of short stories by the master of spare, beautiful prose. Several stand out, such as Akhnilo, a powerful story of a man possibly slipping back into schizophrenia. In a few lines Salter shows the reader the effects of mental illness on the sufferers family. Then there is the screamingly effective Twenty Minutes featuring a woman that is the suffering a ...more
Peter D. Mathews
Although I can see, intellectually, that James Salter is a talented writer, these stories failed to touch me emotionally or creatively.

Salter is very much a writer of moods - indeed, each of these pieces is like a different slice of atmospheric moodiness, usually melancholy, uncertain, searching for a resolution that never really comes.

He is also a writer of complex thoughts, and these are the moments that I liked best in his work. These are represented in the passages where we delve deeply in t
Sharon Bakar
An excellent collection of short stories several of which I read more than once. They need time and attention and more than repay it. I know I will come back to the book. Some notes on individual short stories I particularly liked:

Am Strande von Tanger - set in Barcelona - a couple sharing an apartment. Beautiful serene beginning. A friend (hers) a German woman comes over and the three of them go to the beach for the day - so little happens on the surface - yet beneath it everything shifts i
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fine little collection of short stories formerly released by the (sadly) defunct North Point Press, who published reasonably priced trade paper editions (with sewn bindings and acid-free paper) of good literary fiction. These stories were originally published in Paris Review and Esquire. The work tends toward a concise moodiness, expressing feelings of loss and the passage of time, looking at loneliness in the midst of material comfort. It is a book that stayed with me, and that I hav ...more
John Pappas
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Salter's stories are like strange rough-hewn gems, irregularly shaped, refracting light oddly. At moments, they seem almost commonplace, but when you lean in closer to inspect one of the story's many facets, you are suddenly and disproportionately dazzled. Salter's stretching of the form and structure of the short story and his amplification of various aspects in novel ways make the stories in this collection shine. His methods of characterization and ear for figurative language creates sentence ...more
Alejandro Orradre
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Los relatos de James Salter tienen la misma esencia que sus novelas, que no es otra que una narración pausada que se acerca a la mera contemplación. No hay grandes dosis de acción, pero sí de cotidianidad y el suave devenir del tiempo.

En Anochecer se nos presentan una serie de historias cortas que parece que no explican nada pero al mismo tiempo son un ejemplo perfecto del ser humano. Es pura ficción contemporánea, en la que Salter huye de cualquier elemento distorsionador -como la fantasía o el
"Akhnilo" is incredible, like Cheever's The Swimmer. The rest is good too, I know, but it isn't for me. We don't find the same details heartbreaking....and I don't know how to fall in love with "complaisance," a girl characteristic that repeats twice, or girl neurotica, which repeats endlessly and uselessly to me.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I must be missing something since everyone who rated this book of short stories raved about it. I found the language way too spare. Rather than terse, it seemed stilted and artificial. I read 4 stories before giving up. Every story either struck me as completely opaque, contrived, pointless, or poorly resolved ... I just didn't get it.
The story American Express affected me like no other--two middle-aged businessmen with nothing left of their souls driving around Europe with a teenage schoolgirl. I was in ruins after reading it. The rest of the stories were sadly forgettable.
This is not prose, this is some kind of transcendence. James Salter takes the baton from Hemingway in the long relay that is the American short story, and turns in a dazzling performance.
Großartige Höhepunkte, schnell vergessener Durchschnitt

Eine Warnung an potenzielle Leser vorweg: lasst Euch nicht von meinen drei Sternen abschrecken, sie geben meinen gefühlten Durchschnitt über alle 11 Stories wieder. Und den Storyband, in denen alle für fünf Sterne gut sind, gibt es meines Erachtens nicht, nicht einmal bei Maupassant oder Somerset Maugham oder dem jungen Irwin Shaw, auch wenn die Altmeister vielleicht einen höheren Gesamtdurchschnitt erreicht hätten als Salter, der ihre hist
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book by a highly-respected, famous writer, and I couldn't at all get into it. This is the first book (stories) I've read by James Salter, and I'll likely not read any further ones. A lot of good ideas and some beautiful writing, but I can't see much "drawing together" of the characters or plot, or the full sense of his ideas. Dull, in essence. And I don't like his sentence structure, with multiple thoughts separated by commas: "The same cars were turning through the streets, he stepped a ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015books
Look I'm a negative nancy when it comes to short story collections; I don't really get how to read them. I've started reading one short story in between each book I read, as a palate cleanser. It works ok, but I don't really feel like I get a good sustained sense of the author. Maybe I do. Or maybe I get exactly the kind of sense that I SHOULD get of a short story author.

But any alternative system I've tried -- like reading the stories straight through like chapters in a book -- never works for
I should preface this by saying that I���m not typically a big fan of contemporary short stories: I���m certainly not one to go in for many of the often formulaic and derivative New Yorker style pieces that seem to abound in just about every magazine and collection���often the very ones that get praised so highly. I���m much more interested in short stories that work well, and I���ve found that this is only the case for those who pioneered the form and who were masters at it: Poe, James, Mansfie ...more
Zack Quaintance
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every one of these stories began simply, and proceeded to quickly ascended into snapshots of life that were rich and complex. Salter is one of those writers that says a great deal through what he leaves out, keeping his characters and prose, understated. Yet, at the core of each of these stories was intense feeling. This book, despite it's brevity, was far from a light read, so deep were the writer's sparse sentences.

(Alternate review: Yes, what everyone says is true. Salter is a writer's writer
Charles Gates
Like some other reviewers, I had never heard of Salter until I read his obituary. "A writer's writer", "under appreciated," etc. -- how had I missed him? I have now read this story collection. Indeed, he writes carefully, giving a sharp physical sense of place and persons. But others write well, too. What did Salter do with his talent? The dominant theme is melancholy -- flat or failed relationships between men and women. I didn't find the characters appealing. In addition, Salter will often str ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Rich, beautiful stories, reminiscent of Cheever and the Updike of the 60s. I like the shorter ones best, they shine and strike deep. He achieves effects with simple, short sentences, building up, digging down, until you're taken. 'Akhnilo' perhaps my favourite: the man getting out on his roof, gone mad in the quiet suburbs. Sometimes about the rich and languid, dealing with ennui, two men drifting round Europe pick up a schoolgirl in Italy and tour the Veneto with her; a divorcee spies on her au ...more
Dan Cavallari
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd really give this 3.5 stars. In full disclosure, this book was given to me by one of Salter's nephews who is a friend of mine. The prose is beautiful: very taut, sometimes ethereal, sparse. But his stories are not always compelling, and I sometimes had difficulty following the through-line.

The characters? Often insufferable. Always navigating through some terrible ennui. I'd find them obnoxious if they didn't remind me of myself so much. The only difference is his characters tend to be more s
Elizabeth Bradley
so far - brutal, beautiful. Not that Salter would use either of those words. I don't like his characters in these stories (not one bit!) but their nastiness and indifference is compelling. It feels like Cheever if Cheever published in Playboy Magazine and was edited by Laurie Colwin. Wait, did Cheever publish in Playboy?
Thing Two
As Salter stories go, this was a good collection. He has a good eye for the details, and brings a sense of place to his stories. I especially liked Dirt, and his description of the smell and texture of dirt.
Gaynor Paynter
I struggled a bit with this, but then I am not a huge fan of short stories in general. Some captured my interest though.
Pablo Paz
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
otra vez salter... librazo
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not my favorite of Salter's so far. I prefer his newer (2003) short story collection, Last Night. I'm sure he doesn't care what I prefer either way.
Chia Jia Xin (Justin)
I told my colleague that I'm reading this collection of short stories & the author is compared to Hemmingway and he said, 'Based on what you've told me about what you like to read, I can see why it isn't going well for you."

And he's right. Not really sure how I feel about this collection of short stories. Most of the stories just didn't work for me either because of his spare style or the characters (straight white men being more or less terrible).

However, Akhnilo is the one standout. Brill
E. Adeline
I quite enjoyed this collection. Salter's writing is beautiful, and I loved the melancholic tone that carried throughout all of the stories. "Am Strande von Tanger" has one of my new favorite opening lines: "Barcelona at dawn. The hotels are dark. All the great avenues are pointing to the sea" (3). It's also probably my favorite story of the collection.

Would highly recommend if you're a fan of literary short stories (think Hemingway––though Salter is a better writer, I would argue––or Salinger)
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James Salter (1925 - 2015) was a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel (The Hunters, 1957) led to a fulltime writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel A Sport and a Pastime ( ...more
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“That night she heard the branches tapping against the house and the window frames rattle. She sat alone and thought of the geese, she could hear them out there. It had gotten cold. The wind was blowing their feathers. They lived a long time, ten or fifteen years, they said. The one they had seen on the lawn might still be alive, settled back into the fields with the others, in from the ocean where they went to be safe, the survivors of bloody ambushes. Somewhere in the wet grass, she imagined, lay one of them, dark sodden breast, graceful neck still extended, great wings striving to beat, bloody sounds coming from the holes in its beak. She went around and turned on the lights. The rain was coming down, the sea was crashing, a comrade lay dead in the whirling darkness.” 3 likes
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