I Would Prefer Not To

I Would Prefer Not To

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A new selection of Melville's darkest and most enthralling stories in a beautiful Pushkin Collection edition
 
Includes "Bartleby, the Scrivener", "Benito Cereno" and "The Lightning-Rod Man"


A lawyer hires a new copyist, only to be met with stubborn, confounding resistance. A nameless guide discovers hidden worlds of luxury and bleak exploitation. After boarding a beleaguered Spanish slave ship, an American trader's cheerful outlook is repeatedly shadowed by paralyzing unease.

In these stories of the surreal mundanity of office life and obscure tensions at sea, Melville's darkly modern sensibility plunges us into a world of irony and mystery, where nothing is as it first appears.
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