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Samuel Johnson Is Indignant

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Publisher Comments:

Lydia Davis's first major collection of stories, Break It Down (1986), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was described as "A magnetic collection of stories" (Booklist), "Strong, seemingly effortless, and haunting work" (Kirkus Reviews), and "Amazing" (The Village Voice). The stories, said Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times, "attest to the author's gift as an observer and archivist of emotion."

Davis's next book, The End of the Story, was called "A remarkably original and successful novel" by The London Review of Books, as "Near perfection" by The New Yorker, and "Breathlessly elegant and unsentimental" by Rick Moody.

Almost No Memory, her next collection of stories, was named one of the Voice Literary Supplement's 25 Favorite Books of 1997 and one of the Los Angeles Times's 100 Best Books of 1997. Said the Washington Post Book World, "Lydia Davis's new collection justifies the critical acclaim."

Now, in Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, Davis continues her sometimes harrowing, often witty, always meticulous and honest narrative investigations into such urgent and endlessly complex concerns as boring friends, Marie Curie, neighbors, lawns, marriage, jury duty, Christianity, ethics, selfishness, failing health, old age, funeral parlors, war, Scotland, dictionaries, children, and the problematic vehicle by which such concerns are most often conveyed — language itself.

Review:

"In this latest collection, Davis doesn't disappoint: the 56 stories — paragraph-long meditations, stories in sections, and humorous one-liners — showcase the wordplay and distillation of meaning that have become her stylistic hallmarks, offering up crisp twists on familiar themes....Eclectic and astute, Davis continues to find new ways to tell us the things we need to know." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long....Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

One of the Village Voice's 25 Favorite Books and the ALA's 2002 Notable Books, this collection of 56 stories is like nothing else. By which we mean: there is nothing else like this. Lydia Davis makes simple things complicated and complicated things simple, and it is all amazing to behold.

About the Author

Lydia Davis is the author of the story collections Almost No Memory and Break It Down, and the novel The End of the Story. Her stories have been translated into French, German, and Spanish and widely published in literary magazines, among them The New Yorker, McSweeney's, City Lights Review, Conjunctions, Grand Street, Tin House, Bomb, Harper's, and The Paris Review. She is a noted translator from the French of works by Maurice Blanchot, Michel Butor, Pierre Jean Jouve, Michel Foucault, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among others, and recently completed a new translation of Marcel Proust's Swann's Way for Penguin Classics. Her awards include the Guggenheim, the Lannan Foundation Award, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award, and a Chevalier from the French government. She lives with her family in upstate New York and teaches at Bard College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780970335593
Author:
Davis, Lydia
Publisher:
McSweeney's Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Experimental fiction, American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
316
Publication Date:
October 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
201
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 16 oz

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Product details 201 pages McSweeney's Books - English 9780970335593 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this latest collection, Davis doesn't disappoint: the 56 stories — paragraph-long meditations, stories in sections, and humorous one-liners — showcase the wordplay and distillation of meaning that have become her stylistic hallmarks, offering up crisp twists on familiar themes....Eclectic and astute, Davis continues to find new ways to tell us the things we need to know."
"Review" by , "Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long....Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
"Synopsis" by ,
One of the Village Voice's 25 Favorite Books and the ALA's 2002 Notable Books, this collection of 56 stories is like nothing else. By which we mean: there is nothing else like this. Lydia Davis makes simple things complicated and complicated things simple, and it is all amazing to behold.
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