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    How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read (Paperback) By (author) Pierre Bayard, Translated by Professor Jeffrey Mehlman, Foreword by Francine Prose

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    Description"Provocative, challenging and witty...In challenging the line between reading and non-reading, Bayard actually whet my appetite to read more."--"USA Today "With so many important books out there, and thousands more being published each year, what are we supposed to do in those inevitable social situations where we're forced to talk about books we haven't read? Pierre Bayard argues that it doesn't really matter if you've read a book or not. (In fact, in certain situations, reading the book is the worst thing you could do.) Championing the various forms of "non-reading," "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read "is really a celebration of books, for book lovers everywhere to enjoy, ponder, argue about--and perhaps even read.

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    How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pierre Bayard, Translated by Professor Jeffrey Mehlman, Foreword by Francine Prose
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 185
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    ISBN 13: 9781596915435
    ISBN 10: 1596915439

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25710
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    BIC E4L: LIT
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    DC21: 809
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    DC22: 809
    LC classification: Z
    Abridged Dewey: 028
    B&T General Subject: 495
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    B&T Approval Code: A28400000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 88
    B&T Approval Code: A23150000
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    29 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of "Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?," and many other books.
    Review quote
    "Brilliant...A witty and useful piece of literary sociology."--"London Review of Books ""I read and adored Pierre Bayard's book. I t's funny, smart, and so true--a wonderful combination of slick French philosophizing and tongue-in-cheek wit, and an honest appraisal of what it means, or doesn't mean, to read."--Claire M essud, author of "The Emperor's Children"