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Call If You Need Me

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When he died in August 1988, Raymond Carver had just published what were thought to be his last stories in the collection entitled Elephant and his own collection of stories, Where I'm Calling from. Five previously unpublished stories have recently been discovered, and this new volume brings together all of his uncollected fiction, including a fragment of an unfinished nov ...more
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Published June 21st 2001 by Harvill Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Ben Winch
Raymond Carver is an American (North American) phenomenon. If he was Latin American maybe he would have shorn his work to the bone for real Juan Rulfo style, but instead editor Gordon Lish did it for him – in Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (title Lish's) – and when he outgrew Lish he let himself bloat, in Cathedral and (less so) in Elephant. Elephant, in my opinion, is closest to perfect, but it's light, airy, like Antonio Tabucchi (Italian) with ...more
Vale
Una scelta compiuta oggi ci libera anche dalle azioni passate

Se hai bisogno, chiama è una raccolta di racconti pubblicati postumi. Carver aveva scritto sul suo taccuino alcune frasi del filosofo Jaspers, soprattutto tratte dalla filosofia della libertà. Per Jaspers, con l'atto decisionale si sperimenta la libertà su noi stessi e la scelta di oggi vale anche per il passato poiché gli dona una prospettiva nuova.
Il racconto che apre la raccolta è intitolato Legna da ardere.
Il protagonista si chiama
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Greg
Jun 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In retrospect maybe this book isn't worth four stars. Stories that at the time of his death hadn't been collected in books yet, along with some essays about writing and literature. Yet another review for a book I read at some indeterminate number of years ago that I remember very little about. In lieu of a real review, here is a piece I'd like to call:

What I Thought about When I Thought about Raymond Carver Today.


Thinking about what to write today I was thinking about how some writers have caree
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Quarantadue Larisposta
La raccolta di racconti di Carver si apre con un bellissimo racconto: Legna da ardere. Secondo noi il tema centrale di questo, come degli ultimi racconti di Carver, risiede nell'idea del "cambiamento".
Questo il podcast della puntata:
https://soundcloud.com/radiokairos/42...
Elham
اولش به نظرم كسل كننده اومد ولى هرچى بيشتر پيش رفتم، جذابيت داستانا برام بيشتر شد.
من هميشه از كتابايى كه درباره آدماى معمولى مى نويسن و سوژه هاى معمولى رو دستمايه نوشتن مى كنن، خوشم مياد، از اين كتابم خوشم اومد. شايد بخاطر اينكه حس مى كنى خودتى كه درباره آدماى اطرافت يا حتى درباره خودت نوشتى، يه جور همذات پندارى عجيب و غريب كه مدلش توى داستان زندگى آدماى غيرمعمولى و سوژه هاى غيرمعمولى فرق داره، يا اصلا نيست!
César Galicia
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disculparán que comience mi comentario con un cliché, pero si hay algo que Carver tiene y demuestra en este libro, es una absoluta maestría en decirlo -todo- en cuentos que, en apariencia, te están contando -nada-. Nada, al menos como la entendemos en la cotidianidad: los momentos más seguros, monótonos, simples: conversaciones con amigos, sueños que no recordamos, saludar a los vecinos un miércoles por la mañana antes de ir a trabajar. Son en estas situaciones (en apariencia tan banales) en las ...more
Roberto
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti, usa
"Aprì il taccuino e in cima a una pagina bianca scrisse le parole ‘il vuoto è l'inizio di tutte le cose’. Rimase a fissare questa frase e poi scoppiò a ridere. Gesù, che cazzata!"

“Se hai bisogno, chiama” è una raccolta di racconti brevi di Carver; nella prima parte ci sono i suoi racconti postumi, nella seconda quelli giovanili.

Quali sono i temi conduttori della raccolta? Sono quelli suoi tipici: il fallimento del matrimonio, i rapporti di coppia, l’alcol. I personaggi sono persone ordinarie, s
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Chista Rasouli
یک تا صد: دستات مریزاد کارور!
صد و یک : یکمجموعهداستانِخوببودناش به کنار؛ یک کارگاه خوب داستاننویسی هم بود.
صد و دو: یک جاهایی ترجمه بد میشد؛ بیشتر عجیب تا بد. اما هنوز هم از اسدالله امرایی راضیام.
صد و سه: «صد و سه» به بعد را وقتی مینویسم که دوباره خواندماش. و کاش میتوانستم دوبارهخواندناش را از همین الان شروع کنم.
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Richard
I guess it was bound to happen one day--Carver died when I was in college, when I was still a young writer who was finding inspiration from his work. I didn't really mean to, but I most likely built a kind of Carver mythology in my head and made the mistake of taking my reverence for his writing as a reason to also revere the man as a wise soul. Perhaps it was also knowing the story of the Lish-Carver split, of a writer who broke free from the confines of an editor who had helped bring him to no ...more
Roviragrao
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta el estilo de Carver, más allá de lo que cuente siempre consigue que me crea a sus personajes.
Yossie
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: (Young) writers, lovers of great literature
I reached the end of this collection and felt as Carver said readers and writers should after they have finished a short story. We sit for a minute, quietly, Carver says.
Ideally, we'll ponder what we've just written or read; maybe our hearts or intellects will have been moved off the peg just a little from where they were before. Our body temperature will have gone up, or down, by a degree. Then, breathing evenly and steadily once more, we'll collect ourselves, writers and readers alike, get up
...more
Doan
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Truyện ngắn không chấp nhận bất kỳ sự giải thích nào. Công việc của nhà văn chỉ là trình bày sự việc, không giải thích, bình luận, kết luận. không đưa ra bất kỳ một sự phán xét đạo đức nào. Không được để lộ ý đồ của mình, tránh áp đặt ý kiến của mình. Hãy nói ngắn gọn thôi, hãy để tôi suy đoán.”

Truyện ngắn của Raymond Carver thuộc thể loại ấy.
Ger
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cinco relatos de Carver publicados después de su muerte. Aquí se encuentran todas las características claves de su obra: la simpleza, la crudeza, el drama de pareja pero la mayoría de los relatos parecen inacabados o menos pulidos de lo que Carver hubiera querido. No está mal pero definitivamente no es de lo mejor de su obra.

Relato preferido: sueños.
Pedro Varanda
A escrita de Raymond Carvor têm uma identidade muito própria, com uma linguagem muito directa, rigorosa e sem grandes floreados, mas que consegue tocar as campainhas certas nas questões das nosso dia a dia. Recomendo muito este escritor.
Farnaz
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
گفت: امشب دلم برای همه تنگ شده. برای تو هم دلم تنگ شده. خیلی وقت است که دلم برای تو تنگ شده. آنقدر دلم برایت تنگ شده که نگو، یک جورهایی گم شدهای، تو را از دست دادهام. تو دیگر مال من نیستی.
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دوست ندارم بیگدار به آب بزنم. این حماقت است. ما احمقیم. میدانم که هرچه امروز بگویم روزی به خودمان برمیگردد.
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میگوید دلشکسته. این کلمه را توی دفترچهات بنویس. از سر تجربه میگویم که این اندوهبارترین کلمه در زبان است.
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lettricetorinese
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Questa è una lettura di fine 2015, sicuramente una delle migliori, ed è stato il mio primo approccio con questo autore. Vengono affrontati temi classici: matrimoni in fallimento, alcolismo e Carver ci riesce bene, a raccontarli. Li racconta in modo reale, ma non banale, vivido, semplice. Penso che il realismo sia una delle caratteristiche del suo stile. Legna da ardere è il primo racconto ed è anche quello che mi è piaciuto di più. Racconta di Myers, ex alcolista, che è stato lasciato dalla mogl ...more
ZaRi
... زنم گفت: «دروغ میگوید. تو چرا باورت شده؟ حسودیش میشود. همین… حرف من را قبول نداری؟ تو که نباید آن حرفها را باور کنی؟»
بارانیاش را درنیاورده بود و کلاه را هنوز به سر داشت. حرکت تندی به سرش داد. صورتش برافروخته از اتهام، سرخ شد.
شانه انداختم و گفتم: «چه دروغی دارد بگوید؟ چی عایدش میشود؟ از دروغ گفتن چی گیر او میآید. ظاهراً دوست ماست. دوست هردومان.» .....
..... یاد دوستی قدیمی افتادم، که اوایل و اواخر دورهی دبیرستان داشتم. دوستی که هیچوقت راست نمیگفت. خالیبند و پشت هم انداز، اما بچهی باحالی بود؛ د
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Patrick McCoy
Raymond Carver has been a favorite writer of mine since college, and when I saw Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Others Prose, I decided to revisit an old friend. The new stories are solid, but not like my favorites “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” or “Are These Original Miles” or “What’s In Alaska.” The prose is informative since it tells us about his literary inclinations, influences and opinions on writing and other subjects. It was nice to revisit an old favorite, ...more
Bonnie G.
I read this before - and I picked it up again, with a feeling of deja vu since I hadn't remembered picking up this volume- and what sticks out to me is o chose the wrong book. This is essays and intros and interviews.

But maybe I had changed as well- his writing doesn't affect me like it used to- it's still quiet and powerful. But his descriptions of women are off putting and the more I read the more misogynistic it feels- maybe outdated? But at a time I felt this was very powerful. Maybe the tim
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Matthew
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's touching how Carver looked up to Leonard Gardner when he was in his community college creative writing class, a guy with a flat top and unpublished novels he carried around in boxes. Gardner gave Carver the key to his office so he could write on Sundays and on those Sundays he would see Gardner arrive with his wife through the window and watch them enter the church across the street.

Alaska
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 - il voto è calato leggermente semplicemente per i racconti giovanili, che ho trovato troppo contrastanti con i precedenti, forse anche per il fatto che sono gli ultimi racconti di Carver e i primi che ho letto io. è stato bello in ogni caso cominciare così, perché ho potuto vedere la trasformazione avvenuta negli anni. tanto amore per Carver e tanto amore per P. che me l'ha regalato.
Kaveh
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, short-story
خیلی از داستان های این کتاب خوشم نیامد. مخصوصا از از داستانهای ابتدای کتاب. بعضیهایش را هم در کتاب "" وقتی از عشق حرف میزنیم "" خوانده بودم. بعد از داستانهای کارور ، حتما باید یک کتاب پرجنب و جوشتر خواند. چون فضای داستانهایش خسته میکند آدم را. ...more
Andy Larter
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading for the eponymous story, one of Carver's best.
Luca Ambrosino
Vote: 7,5
Bahar
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بعضی از داستانهای کارور را خیلی دوست دارم. اما به نظرم اینهمه واقعیتی که یکراست در آینه رو میشود،... نه بنظرم داستان فقط این نیست.
Christine
Parts of this book are like VH1's Behind the Music, except it's about Raymond Carver instead of Aerosmith.
MellowNell
I loved the first five short stories, Kindling, What Would You Like to See?, Dreams, Vandals, and the eponymous Call If You Need Me. They are classic Carver. Certain themes recur, such as marriage breakdown, alcoholism, house fires, making a new start in life; Carver gives us glimpses of people at a moment in their lives when they are vulnerable, and without exploiting them – or us - , invites us to understanding and empathy.
I was also interested in “On Writing” and the introductions to various
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Silvia Romano
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta recopilación de historias es menos intensa que Principiantes. Hay menos carga dramática. Sin embargo, conserva la magia cuentista de este autor que para mí es uno de los mejores escritores de relato corto. Los cuentos recogidos en este volumen contienen personajes que empiezan de cero, que se entregan al alcohol, que empiezan nuevas vidas. En definitiva, hablamos de historias que reflejan la miseria y la grandeza humana. Altamente recomendable.
Daniel Hermosel Murcia
Cinco relatos póstumos de Carver. Cinco puntos y aparte con personajes de mediana edad que se encuentran en el umbral de cambios que les harán rehacer sus vidas. Hay cierto poso de tristeza por lo que se deja atrás pero la esperanza de lo que está por venir, aún siendo desconocido o precisamente por ello, deja una sonrisa torcida como despedida de un autor del que, salvo nuevas sorpresas, no veremos nada nuevo.
Victor
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's probably pointless to say that this collection is for completists only--unpublished or early stories, essays, and reviews that would be of little interest to a new reader. The new stories fit well among his Cathedral/Elephant stories. They lack some of the edge of those collections, but they are unfinished, after all.
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“Evan Connell said once that he knew he was finished with a short story when he found himself going through it and taking out commas and then going through the story again and putting the commas back in the same places. I like that way of working on something. I respect that kind of care for what is being done. That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places so that they an best say what they are meant to say. If the words are heavy with the writer's own unbridled emotions, or if they are imprecise and inaccurate for some other reason -- if the worlds are in any way blurred -- the reader's eyes will slide right over them and nothing will be achieved. Henry James called this sort of hapless writing 'weak specification'.” 18 likes
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