Break It Down

Break It Down

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The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis's trademarks--dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise. Although the certainty of her prose suggests a world of almost clinical reason and clarity, her characters show us that life, thought, and language are full of disorder. Break It Down is Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is a magician of self-consciousness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 177 pages
  • 167 x 210 x 13mm | 186g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • First
  • 0374531447
  • 9780374531447
  • 198,292

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Autobiographical in texture, introspective in tone, these stories are grounded in sufficient detail to offer a peephole into a distinct fictional world; and in doing so, they attest to the author's gift as an observer and archivist of emotion.--The New York Times An American virtuoso of the short story form.--Salon

Davis is one of the most precise and economical writers we have.--Dave Eggers, McSweeney's The best prose stylist in America.--Rick Moody [Davis has] a capacity to make language unleash entire states of existence.--Siddhartha Deb, The New York Times
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About Lydia Davis

LYDIA DAVIS is the author of one novel and five story collections, including Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and most recently, Can't and Won't. She is also the acclaimed translator of Swann's Way and Madame Bovary, both of which were awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis was described by James Wood in The New Yorker as a "grand cumulative achievement." She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.
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3 19% (359)
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1 1% (20)
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