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The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis Paperback – 23 April 2014

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (23 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241969131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241969137
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars149 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rich, deeply involving, extraordinary, remarkable (The Times)

I loved these stories. They are so well-written, with such clarity of thought and precision of language. Excellent (Evening Standard)

Brilliant, exciting, thrilling, extremely funny (Daily Telegraph)

Davis is a magician. Few writers working now make the words on the page matter more

Big rejoicing: Lydia Davis has won the Man Booker International prize. Never did a book award deliver such a true match-winning punch. Best of all, a new audience will read her now and find her wit, her vigour and rigour, her funniness, her thoughtfulness, and the precision of form, which mark Davis out as unique.

Daring, excitingly intelligent and often wildly comic [she] reminds you, in a world that likes to bandy its words about, what words such as economy, precision and originality really mean. This is a writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust.

A two-liner from Davis, or a seemingly throwaway paragraph, will haunt. What looks like a game will open to deep seriousness; what looks like philosophy will reveal playfulness, tragicomedy, ordinariness; what looks like ordinariness will ask you to look again at Davis's writing. In its acuteness, it always asks attentiveness, and it repays this by opening up to its reader like possibility, or like a bush covered in flowerheads.

She's a joy. There's no writer quite like her.

(Ali Smith)

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Find out why fellow authors like Ali Smith, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen love Lydia Davis's writing so much in this landmark collection of all of her stories to date from across three decades.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some Exquisite Morsels
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