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So Many Books!: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance

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Publisher Comments:

"Reading liberates the reader and transports him from his book to a reading of himself and all of life. It leads him to participate in conversations, and in some cases to arrange them . . . It could even be said that to publish a book is to insert it into the middle of a conversation." (from So Many Books)

Join the conversation! In So Many Books, Gabriel Zaid offers his observations on the literary condition: a highly original analysis of the predicament that readers, authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and teachers find themselves in today--when there are simply more books than any of us can contemplate.

"...Zaid traces the preoccupation with reading back through Dr. Johnson, Seneca, and even the Bible ('Of making many books there is no end'). He emerges as a playful celebrant of literary proliferation, noting that there is a new book published every thirty seconds, and optimistically points out that publishers who moan about low sales 'see as a failure what is actually a blessing: The book business, unlike newspapers, films, or television, is viable on a small scale.' Zaid, who claims to own more than ten thousand books, says he has sometimes thought that 'a chastity glove for authors who can’t contain themselves' would be a good idea. Nonetheless, he cheerfully opines that 'the truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more.'"--The New Yorker

 

 

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"Surprising... witty... provocative." Anne Fadiman

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"A rare blend of wisdom and savvy practical sense." Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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"Gabriel Zaid's defense of books is genuinely exhilerating. It is not pious, it is wise; and its wisdom is delivered with extraordinary lucidity and charm." Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of The New Republic

Book News Annotation:

In 13 informal reflections, Zaid, who is a Mexican poet, essayist, business writer, and social and cultural critic, explores what readers, authors, publishers, bookseller, librarians, and teacher are to do now that there are more books than anyone can even think about. No publication data is provided for the original Los Demasiados libros, or any information about translator Wimmer. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"Gabriel Zaid's defense of books is genuinely exhilarating." --Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of the New Republic

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"With cascades of books pouring down on him from every direction, how can the twenty-first-century reader keep his head above water? Gabriel Zaid answers that question in a variety of surprising ways, many of them witty, all of them provocative."-Anne Fadiman "'So many books, ' a phrase usually muttered with despair, is transformed into an expression of awe and joy by Gabriel Zaid."-Doug Dutton, Dutton's Brentwood Books

About the Author

Gabriel Zaid's poetry, essays, social and cultural criticism, and business writings have been widely published throughout the Spanish-speaking world. In 2003, Paul Dry Books published his book "So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance." He lives in Mexico City with the artist Basia Batorska, her paintings, three cats, and ten thousand books. Natasha Wimmer is an editor and a translator in New York City. Her recent translations include "The Savage Detectives," by Roberto Bolano (FSG), "The Way to Paradise," by Mario Vargas Llosa (FSG), and "So Many Books," by Gabriel Zaid (Paul Dry Books).

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ISBN:
9781589880030
Translator:
Wimmer, Natasha
Publisher:
Paul Dry Books
Translator:
Wimmer, Natasha
Author:
Wimmer, Natasha
Author:
Wimmer
Author:
Gabriel
Author:
Zaid, Gabriel
Author:
Zaid
Author:
Natasha
Location:
117 South 17th Street
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Book industries and trade
Subject:
Literary criticism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
0175
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 x 1 in 4.8 oz

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"Gabriel Zaid's defense of books is genuinely exhilarating." --Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of the New Republic
"Synopsis" by , "With cascades of books pouring down on him from every direction, how can the twenty-first-century reader keep his head above water? Gabriel Zaid answers that question in a variety of surprising ways, many of them witty, all of them provocative."-Anne Fadiman "'So many books, ' a phrase usually muttered with despair, is transformed into an expression of awe and joy by Gabriel Zaid."-Doug Dutton, Dutton's Brentwood Books
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