How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read

How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read


By (author) Pierre Bayard, Translated by Professor Jeffrey Mehlman, Foreword by Francine Prose

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 185 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 23mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1596915439
  • ISBN 13: 9781596915435
  • Sales rank: 106,936

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"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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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.

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"It may well be that too many books are published, but by good fortune, not all must be read...A survivor's guide to life in the chattering classes...evidently much in need."--"New York Times" "Brilliant...A witty and useful piece of literary sociology, designed to bring lasting peace of mind to the scrupulous souls who grow anxious whenever the book-talk around them becomes too specific."--"London"" Review of Books" "With rare humor, Bayard liberally rethinks the social use [of literature] and the position of the reader...Read or skim "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read". Or simply listen to what people say about it so that you can talk about it with ease. In either case, you may not be able to forget it."--"Les Inrockuptibles"