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The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories (Africa List)

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ISBN13: 9780857420121
ISBN10: 0857420127
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Publisher Comments:

"Not writing is always a relief and sometimes a pleasure. Writing about what cannot be written, by contrast, is the devil’s own job."

In this unusual text, a blend of essay, fiction, and literary genealogy, South African novelist Ivan Vladislavic explores the problems and potentials of the fictions he could not bring himself to write.

Drawing from his notebooks of the past twenty years, Vladislavic records here a range of ideas for stories—unsettled accounts, he calls them, or case studies of failure—and examines where they came from and why they eluded him. In the process, he reveals some of the principles that matter to him as a writer, and pays tribute to the writers— such as Walser, Perec, Sterne, and DeLillo—who have been important to him as both a reader and an author. At the heart of the text, like a brightly lit room in a field of debris, stands Vladislavic’s Loss Library itself, the shelves laden with books that have never been written. On the page, Vladislavic tells us, every loss may yet be recovered.

An extraordinary book about both the nature of novels and the process of writing, The Loss Library will appeal to anyone seeking to understand the almost magical and mythical experience of breathing life into a new work of fiction.

Review:

"I couldn't resist the allure of Ivan Vladislavic's book of might-have-beens, and now that I've finished it, I am totally charmed by its originality and elegance." Christopher Reid, author of A Scattering and The Song of Lunch

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"[A] thought-provoking collection — some of these stories may, indeed, be more successful as failures than if they had been completed. And The Loss Library is also a truly lovely book (as object)." M.A. Orthofer, the Complete Review

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"In the tradition of Elias Canetti, a tour de force of the imagination." Andre Brink

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"The prose is stunning. It gives the impression of the words and the phrases having been caught from the inside — as though the author lives on the other side of language, where every word is strange and dancing, and the way they are put together produces complicated patterned exchanges like minuets." Tony Morphet

About the Author

Ivan Vladislavic is the author of The Folly, The Restless Supermarket, The Exploded View and Double Negative.

Sunandini Banerjee is an editor, translator, and graphic designer who lives and works in Calcutta.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Last Walk

Mrs B

Gross

Acrobats

Frieze

The Loss Library

Gravity Addict / 'all of a sudden'

Mouse Drawing

Dictionary Birds

Dr T

The Cold Storage Club

Notes

Sources

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KL, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by KL)
Overall this book is......quirky. It is neither good or bad which made me think all the more when I read through it. The first paragraph was so detailed that it drew me into the book, but the rest, just like the title states, are random stories and the author explaining them. Now, what really made me enjoy this book is when I finished it, and throughout reading, I kept thinking 'I liked this/I liked that' but the book is just the way the author thinks. He is able to explain his train of thought or what he was thinking at the time he started or attempted to work on a piece. Sometimes I feel frustrated with the stories and sometimes I'm in awe. The book itself and the way the author composed it made me feel like he felt at the time these thoughts were taking place. Usually you don't see or read books like that. I wish this book would've been longer.
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geo, April 24, 2012 (view all comments by geo)
These are eleven stories South African writer Ivan Vladislavic imagined but couldn’t write, or he started to write and couldn’t finish. He flushes those ideas out for the reader - some are quirky, some are very funny, and a couple of them are high concept.

The Loss Library, the most complete story in the book, is a guided tour of a library of books that don’t exit. Books that would have been written had their writers not died young, books that were never written because their authors lost faith in them, books that came to authors in their dreams but were forgotten in the light of day.

Beautiful illustrations and design by Sunandini Banerjee make this a book for those who appreciate the touch, the feel of a physical book and words that can’t be deleted, or lost.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780857420121
Author:
Ivan Vladislavic and Sunandini Banerjee
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Author:
Vladislavic, Ivan
Author:
Banerjee, Sunandini
Subject:
African
Subject:
Anthologies-African Literature
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Seagull Books - The Africa List
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 color plates
Pages:
121
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "I couldn't resist the allure of Ivan Vladislavic's book of might-have-beens, and now that I've finished it, I am totally charmed by its originality and elegance."
"Review" by , "[A] thought-provoking collection — some of these stories may, indeed, be more successful as failures than if they had been completed. And The Loss Library is also a truly lovely book (as object)."
"Review" by , "In the tradition of Elias Canetti, a tour de force of the imagination."
"Review" by , "The prose is stunning. It gives the impression of the words and the phrases having been caught from the inside — as though the author lives on the other side of language, where every word is strange and dancing, and the way they are put together produces complicated patterned exchanges like minuets."
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