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    Can't and Won't (Hamish Hamilton) (Hardback) By (author) Lydia Davis

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    DescriptionCan't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis, one of the greatest short story writers alive. Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories. With titles like 'A Story of Stolen Salamis', 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer', 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates', and 'Can't and Won't', the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous, the ironic and the surprising. Above all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage. Praise for Lydia Davis: "What stories. Precise and piercing, extremely funny. Nearly all are unlike anything you've ever read". (Metro). "To read The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis 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). "Among my most favourite writers. Read her now!" (A.M. Homes). 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.


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    Title
    Can't and Won't
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lydia Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 389 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241146644
    ISBN 10: 024114664X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN, SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    Libri: AMER3710
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    DC23: 813.6
    Thema V1.0: FBA, FYB
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Hamish Hamilton Ltd
    Publication date
    24 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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 quote
    To read Davis is to become a co-conspirator in her way of existing in the world, perplexity combined with vivid observation ... In a universe drowning in words, Davis is a respite. What she doesn't say is as important as what she does New York Times Book Review Can't and Won't is the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years -- John Freeman Boston Globe Short, shorter and brilliant: a unique and dazzling body of work Oregonian Astonishing, touching, memorable, extraordinary ... Even at her most poetic Davis is a storyteller Radar Profound, beautiful, moving ... You will go back to a little gem that has wormed its way into your mind and stuck there, and discover that it is indeed a little gem, which sparkles a different way each time and flashes with a brief beauty or hidden meaning -- Susan Hill Spectator Psychological richness, frequent poignancy ... Davis hints insistently at how abundant nothingness can be when we bother to look at it -- Joshua Cohen Times Literary Supplement