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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Autor Lydia Davis
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 26 feb 2014
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is the complete collection of short fiction from the world-renowned Lydia Davis.
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2013.
'Big rejoicing: Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize. Never did a book award deliver such a true match-winning punch. Best of all, a new audience will read her now and find her wit, her vigour and rigour, her funniness, her thoughtfulness, and the precision of form, which mark Davis out as unique.
Daring, excitingly intelligent and often wildly comic [she] reminds you, in a world that likes to bandy its words about, what words such as economy, precision and originality really mean. This is a writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust.
A two-liner from Davis, or a seemingly throwaway paragraph, will haunt. What looks like a game will open to deep seriousness; what looks like philosophy will reveal playfulness, tragicomedy, ordinariness; what looks like ordinariness will ask you to look again at Davis's writing. In its acuteness, it always asks attentiveness, and it repays this by opening up to its reader like possibility, or like a bush covered in flowerheads.
She's a joy. There's no writer quite like her' Ali Smith
'What stories. Precise and piercing, extremely funny. Nearly all are unlike anything you've ever read' Metro
'I loved these stories. They are so well-written, with such clarity of thought and precision of language. Excellent' William Leith, Evening Standard
'Remarkable. Some of the most moving fiction - on death, marriage, children - of recent years. To read Collected Stories is to be reminded of the grand, echoing mind-chambers created by Sebald or recent Coetzee. A writer of vast intelligence and originality' Independent on Sunday
'A body of work probably unique in American writing, in its combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure and human wisdom' New Yorker
'Davis is a high priestess of the startling, telling detail. She can make the most ordinary things, such as couples talking, or someone watching television, bizarre, almost mythical. I felt I had encountered a most original and daring mind' Colm Toibin, Daily Telegraph
Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven 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 Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris and Marcel Proust.
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ISBN-13: 9780241969137
ISBN-10: 0241969131
Pagini: 768
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven 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 Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris and Marcel Proust.


Recenzii

Rich, deeply involving, extraordinary, remarkable
I loved these stories. They are so well-written, with such clarity of thought and precision of language. Excellent
Brilliant, exciting, thrilling, extremely funny
Davis is a magician. Few writers working now make the words on the page matter more
Big rejoicing: Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize. Never did a book award deliver such a true match-winning punch. Best of all, a new audience will read her now and find her wit, her vigour and rigour, her funniness, her thoughtfulness, and the precision of form, which mark Davis out as unique.

Daring, excitingly intelligent and often wildly comic [she] reminds you, in a world that likes to bandy its words about, what words such as economy, precision and originality really mean. This is a writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust.

A two-liner from Davis, or a seemingly throwaway paragraph, will haunt. What looks like a game will open to deep seriousness; what looks like philosophy will reveal playfulness, tragicomedy, ordinariness; what looks like ordinariness will ask you to look again at Davis's writing. In its acuteness, it always asks attentiveness, and it repays this by opening up to its reader like possibility, or like a bush covered in flowerheads.

She's a joy. There's no writer quite like her.

Big rejoicing: Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize. Never did a book award deliver such a true match-winning punch. Best of all, a new audience will read her now and find her wit, her vigour and rigour, her funniness, her thoughtfulness, and the precision of form, which mark Davis out as unique.
Daring, excitingly intelligent and often wildly comic [she] reminds you, in a world that likes to bandy its words about, what words such as economy, precision and originality really mean. This is a writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust.
A two-liner from Davis, or a seemingly throwaway paragraph, will haunt. What looks like a game will open to deep seriousness; what looks like philosophy will reveal playfulness, tragicomedy, ordinariness; what looks like ordinariness will ask you to look again at Davis's writing. In its acuteness, it always asks attentiveness, and it repays this by opening up to its reader like possibility, or like a bush covered in flowerheads.
She's a joy. There's no writer quite like her.

Descriere

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is the complete collection of short fiction from the world-renowned Lydia Davis.
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2013.
'Big rejoicing: Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize. Never did a book award deliver such a true match-winning punch. Best of all, a new audience will read her now and find her wit, her vigour and rigour, her funniness, her thoughtfulness, and the precision of form, which mark Davis out as unique.
Daring, excitingly intelligent and often wildly comic [she] reminds you, in a world that likes to bandy its words about, what words such as economy, precision and originality really mean. This is a writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust.
A two-liner from Davis, or a seemingly throwaway paragraph, will haunt. What looks like a game will open to deep seriousness; what looks like philosophy will reveal playfulness, tragicomedy, ordinariness; what looks like ordinariness will ask you to look again at Davis's writing. In its acuteness, it always asks attentiveness, and it repays this by opening up to its reader like possibility, or like a bush covered in flowerheads.
She's a joy. There's no writer quite like her' Ali Smith
'What stories. Precise and piercing, extremely funny. Nearly all are unlike anything you've ever read' Metro
'I loved these stories. They are so well-written, with such clarity of thought and precision of language. Excellent' William Leith, Evening Standard
'Remarkable. Some of the most moving fiction - on death, marriage, children - of recent years. To read Collected Stories is to be reminded of the grand, echoing mind-chambers created by Sebald or recent Coetzee. A writer of vast intelligence and originality' Independent on Sunday
'A body of work probably unique in American writing, in its combination of lucidity, aphoristic brevity, formal originality, sly comedy, metaphysical bleakness, philosophical pressure and human wisdom' New Yorker
'Davis is a high priestess of the startling, telling detail. She can make the most ordinary things, such as couples talking, or someone watching television, bizarre, almost mythical. I felt I had encountered a most original and daring mind' Colm Toibin, Daily Telegraph
Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven 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 Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris and Marcel Proust.


Cuprins

BREAK IT DOWN (1986)
Story
The Fears of Mrs. Orlando
Liminal: The Little Man
Break It Down
Mr. Burdoff's Visit to Germany
What She Knew
The Fish
Mildred and the Oboe
The Mouse
The Letter
Extracts from a Life
The House Plans
The Brother-in-Law
How W. H. Auden Spends the Night in a Friend's House:
Mothers
In a House Besieged
Visit to Her Husband
Cockroaches in Autumn
The Bone
A Few Things Wrong with Me
Sketches for a Life of Wassilly
City Employment
Two Sisters
The Mother
Therapy
French Lesson I: Le Meurtre
Once a Very Stupid Man
The Housemaid
The Cottages
Safe Love
Problem
What an Old Woman Will Wear
The Sock
Five Signs of Disturbance

ALMOST NO MEMORY (1997)
Meat, My Husband
Jack in the Country
Foucault and Pencil
The Mice
The Thirteenth Woman
The Professor
The Cedar Trees
The Cats in the Prison Recreation Hall
Wife One in Country
The Fish Tank
The Center of the Story
Love
Our Kindness
A Natural Disaster
Odd Behavior
St. Martin
Agreement
In the Garment District
Disagreement
The Actors
What Was Interesting
In the Everglades
The Family
Trying to Learn
To Reiterate
Lord Royston's Tour
The Other
A Friend of Mine
This Condition
Go Away
Pastor Elaine's Newsletter
A Man in Our Town
A Second Chance
Fear
Almost No Memory
Mr. Knockly
How He Is Often Right
The Rape of the Tanuk Women
What I Feel
Lost Things
Glenn Could
Smoke
From Below, as a Neighbor
The Great-Grandmothers
Ethics
The House Behind
The Outing
A Position at the University
Examples of Confusion
The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists
Affinity


SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT (2001)
Boring Friends
A Mown Lawn
City People
Betrayal
The White Tribe
Our Trip
Special Chair
Certain Knowledge from Herodotus
Priority
The Meeting
Companion
Blind Date
Examples of Remember
Old Mother and the Grouch
Samuel Johnson Is Indignant
New Year's Resolution
First Grade: Handwriting Practice
Interesting
Happiest Moment
Jury Duty
A Double Negative
The Old Dictionary
Honoring the Subjunctive
How Difficult
Losing Memory
Letter to a Funeral Parlor
Thyroid Diary
Information from the North Concerning the Ice:
Murder in Bohemia
Happy Memories
They Take Turns Using a Word They Like
Marie Curie, So Honorable Woman
Mir the Hessian
My Neighbors in a Foreign Place
Oral History (with Hiccups)
The Patient
Right and Wrong
Alvin the Typesetter
Special
Selfish
My Husband and I
Spring Spleen
Her Damage
Workingmen
In a Northern Country
Away from Home
Company
Finances
The Transformation
Two Sisters (II)
The Furnace
Young and Poor
The Silence of Mrs. Separate
Almost Over: Seperate Bedrooms
Money
Acknowledgment

VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE (2007)
A Man from her Past
Dog and Me
Enlightened
The Good Taste Contest
Collaboration with Fly
Kafka Cooks Dinner
Tropical Storm
Good Times
Idea for a Short Documentary Film
Forbidden Subjects
Two Types
The Senses
Grammar Questions
Hand
The Caterpillar
Child Care
We Miss You: A Study of Get-Well Letters from a Class of Fourth-Graders
Passing Wind
Television
Jane and the Cane
Getting to Know Your Body
Absentminded
Southward Bound, Reads Worstward Ho
The Walk
Varieties of Disturbance
Lonely
Mrs. D and Her Maids
20 Sculptures in One Hour
Nietszche
What You Learn About the Baby
Her Mother's Mother
How It Is Done
Insomnia