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Making an Elephant: Writing from Within

Swift, Graham

Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 2009
ISBN 10: 0307270998 / ISBN 13: 9780307270993
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Title: Making an Elephant: Writing from Within

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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Fine/Fine Unread Copy Protected By Archival Brodart Cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001221

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Synopsis: In his first-ever work of nonfiction, the Booker Prize?winning author of such acclaimed novels as Waterland and Last Orders gives us a highly personal book: a singular and open-spirited account of a writer?s life.

As generous in its scope as it is acute in its observations, Making an Elephant brings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into Graham Swift?s passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family and other writers who have mattered to him over the years. Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar; Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard; Caryl Phillips shares a beer with the author at a nightclub in Toronto. There are private moments with his father and with his own younger self, as well as musings on history, memory and imagination that illuminate the work of a writer who, in his fiction, regards it as ?a mark of achievement? when his own voice and presence vanish into his characters.

A journey through place and time, conversation, encounters and ideas, Making an Elephant brims with charm and candor, an alertness to experience and a true engagement with words?in short, with what it means to believe that writing and reading are an essential part of living.

Review: 'A rewarding collection, with the same humanity and flair for detail that distinguishes Swift's fiction.'
-- TLS

'His writing at its wry best.'
-- Spectator

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