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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis | Lydia Davis
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 TelegraphLydia 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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Eyelit
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Friday night done right (at least they waited until I was settled with my book) 😹 #catsoflitsy

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“Maybe the truth does not matter, but I want to know it if only so that I can come to some conclusions about such questions as: whether he is angry at me or not; if he is, then how angry; whether he still loves her or not; if he does, then how much; whether he loves me or not; how much; how capable he is of deceiving me in the act and after the act in the telling.”

1st story in and this whole paragraph has me stunned. The truth definitely matters

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decembersveryown
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I recently asked an online book friend for their favorite short story collection, the one that changed their opinion of the genre more favorably and she said Lydia Davis‘ collected stories. I‘m always glad to hear these answers because I believe short stories are for everybody! They might take some time getting used to but once you find that first book, that writer that gets you and whose writing you appreciate, you can usually be led to more 😇📚

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juiceyreads
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My all time favorite short story collection, followed by Kafka's full collection. The shorter the story, the better she writes. She's a master at interpersonal relationships and subtle mundane drama. A must read. Don't know why it's not stocked in every bookstore! #LydiaDavis #shortstories #collectedstories #anthology #summerreads

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The younger Lydia Davis stories are just as good as the more "mature" ones, but their narrators are living younger-people lives, raising young children, gentle - stepping around their misogynist husbands, and displaying on balance more vulnerability than wit, though the wit's always there, of course. I just love her work. Interestingly, her mother was also a writer and at one time an ardent communist, which she wrote about in a memoir.

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Jessicaswebster
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We feel an affinity with a certain thinker because we agree with him;or because he shows us what we were already thinking;...

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#shortstories #riotgrams This book was stunning.Some stories were a sentence,or a paragraph.Some , pretty normal short story length.But oh ,do they have an emotional heft.There‘s a lot going on here.When James Wood writing in the New Yorker notes Davis‘s “sly comedy,metaphysical bleakness,philosophical pressure and human wisdom.”I don‘t know what to add to that.Except that maybe you want to go down the rabbit hole too.🐇

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Blaire
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Some of these stories are only two lines long. The perfect gift from my sister-in-law for a busy mom. Example: Housekeeping observations "under all this dirt| the floor is really very clean." #shortontimeshortstories #backtoreading #shortstories

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BarbaraBB
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Some of these stories are very short, some are very good. Not all though.

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Kkhalifeh
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I spied My favorite translator hanging out on a window ledge today. Well, her book anyway. I love browsing the books in other people's homes.

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Leftcoastzen
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Read in 2016, one that really stuck with me. Her stories ,some as short a sentence ,are to be savored. Often stunning insights into the human condition with all ranges of delights , private joys and agony . Even at their most quiet there's a lot going on.

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#orangecovers #photoadaynov16 this poor book is wine-stained and sun faded but I love it so much. "I imagine that when I am old, I will be all alone, and in pain, and my eyes will be too weak to read. I am afraid of those long days. I like my days to be happy. I try to think what would be a happy way to spend those difficult days"

RealLifeReading Love that quote! 3y
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shawnmooney
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This fabulous photo of Lydia Davis just came across my Twitter feed and is crying out to be shared here…

Hobbinol I ♥️her! 3y
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halleycat
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Found an old friend browsing before HP 😌