Break It Down

ISBN-10: 0374531447

ISBN-13: 9780374531447

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Authors: Lydia Davis
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Description: The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis's trademarksdexterity, 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 Downis Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is "a magician of self-consciousness."

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 9/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418

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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