Find out why fellow authors like Ali Smith, Dave Eggers and
Jonathan Franzen love Lydia Davis's writing so much in this
landmark collection of all of her stories to date from across three
Lydia 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.
Rich, deeply involving, extraordinary, remarkable * The Times *
I loved these stories. They are so well-written, with such clarity of thought and precision of language. Excellent * Evening Standard *
Brilliant, exciting, thrilling, extremely funny * Daily Telegraph *
Davis is a magician. Few writers working now make the words on the page matter more
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.