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Can't and Won't (Paperback)
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Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis, one of the greatest short story writers alive. This title is the winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2013. 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 an Officer 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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 26/03/2015 ISBN-13: 9780241968086  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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I've been putting off writing this for ages because I'm not quite sure what to say. What can one say after reading Lydia Davis? She so thoroughly and expertly dissects everything she turns her mind to that it's impossible to look at the world the same way ever again. Like 'The Cows', the most evocative study of cowishness you're likely to encounter anywhere, ever,, short of becoming a dairy farmer for a year. Add to that one encounter countless others including but not limited to: deciding whether or not to sell one's rug to one's neighbour; writing to a frozen peas manufacturer; notes on revision; the distinct word-sounds produced by a selection of objects interacting in the kitchen; the act or not of collecting firewood – and you might well find that you don't really know what to say afterwards, either. 

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