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by Lydia Davis

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PUBLISHED: 7th November 2019
ISBN: 9780241371473
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  • Hardcover
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PUBLISHED: 7th November 2019
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Publisher Description

Lydia Davis's writing is a masterclass in control- wry, lucid, penetrating, every word placed deliberately. Here she presents a dazzling collection of literary essays, each one as beautifully formed, thought-provoking, playful and illuminating as her critically acclaimed short fiction. Ranging across her many creative influences, including Thomas Pynchon, Michel Leiris, Maurice Blanchot, Lucia Berlin and Joan Mitchell, she returns again and again to her own writing process, joyfully interrogating the limits of literature and the ways in which we can challenge and reinvent it.

Author Biography

Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Review

masterful, lucid collection . . . no single piece could capture the essence of this extraordinary writer . . . Read these essays: see everything around you in a clear, fresh light New Statesman Davis does for the essay what one of her subjects-Rimbaud-did for the prose poem: fires language with emotive, radiant wisdom. Library Journal the beloved American author reflects on reading and writing in typically funny, incisive and tender style. Stylist The unclassifiable writer and translator's collected nonfiction shows us a brilliant mind at work. The New Republic a cornucopia of illuminating and timeless observations on literature, art, and the craft of writing. Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Author
Lydia Davis
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2019
ISBN-10
0241371473
ISBN-13
9780241371473
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2019-11-07
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
528
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade
UK Release Date
2019-11-07
AU Release Date
2019-11-07
NZ Release Date
2019-11-07