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Varieties of Disturbance

ISBN-10: 0374281734
ISBN-13: 9780374281731
Edition: 2007
Authors: Lydia Davis
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Description: Lydia Davis has been called "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction" ("Los Angeles Times"), "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ("Salon"), an innovator who attempts "to remake the model of the modern short story" ("The  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Lydia Davis has been called "one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction" ("Los Angeles Times"), "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ("Salon"), an innovator who attempts "to remake the model of the modern short story" ("The New York Times Book Review"). Her admirers include Grace Paley, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith; as "Time "magazine observed, her stories are "moving . . . and somehow inevitable, as if she has written what we were all on the verge of thinking." In "Varieties of Disturbance," her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. Her subjects include the five senses, fourth-graders, good taste, and tropical storms. She offers a reinterpretation of insomnia and re-creates the ordeals of Kafka in the kitchen. She questions the lengths to which one should go to save the life of a caterpillar, proposes a clear account of the sexual act, rides the bus, probes the limits of marital fidelity, and unlocks the secret to a long and happy life. No two of these fictions are alike. And yet in each, Davis rearranges our view of the world by looking beyond our preconceptions to a bizarre truth, a source of delight and surprise.

Lydia Davis is a writer and translator. She is a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, SUNY, and was a Lillian Vernon Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University in 2012. Davis has published six collections of short stories, including The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories (1976) and Break It Down (1986), a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent collection was Varieties of Disturbance, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2007 and a Finalist for the National Book Award. Davis' stories are acclaimed for their brevity and humor. Many are only one or two sentences. Her book Can't and Won't made the New York Times Bestseller List in 2014. She has also translated Proust, Flaubert, Blanchot, Foucault, Michel Leiris, Pierre Jean Jouve and other French writers, as well as the Dutch writer A.L. Snijders. In October 2003 Davis received a MacArthur Fellowship. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Davis was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize on 22 May 2013. Davis won �60,000 as part of the biennial award.

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Dog and Me
Enlightened
The Good Taste Contest
Collaboration with Fly
Kafka Cooks Dinner
Tropical Storm
Good Times
Idea for a Short Documentary Film
Forbidden Subjects
Two Types
The Senses
Grammar Questions
Hand
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Childcare
We Miss You: A Study of Get-Well Letters from a Class of Fourth-Graders
Passing Wind
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Jane and the Cane
Getting to Know Your Body
Absentminded
Southward Bound, Reads Worstward Ho
The Walk
Varieties of Disturbance
Lonely
Mrs. D and Her Maids
20 Sculptures in One Hour
Nietszche
What You Learn About the Baby
Her Mother's Mother
How It Is Done
Insomnia
Burning Family Members
The Way to Perfection
The Fellowship
Helen and Vi: A Study in Health and Vitality
Reducing Expenses
Mother's Reaction to My Travel Plans
For Sixty Cents
How Shall I Mourn Them?
A Strange Impulse
How She Could Not Drive
Suddenly Afraid
Getting Better
Head, Heart
The Strangers
The Busy Road
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Traveling with Mother
Index Entry
My Son
Example of the Continuing Past Tense in a Hotel Room
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