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Can't and Won't

Lydia Davis

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ISBN 10: 0374118582 / ISBN 13: 9780374118587
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Condition: As New Hardcover
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This is a signed first edition of Lydia Davis's marvelous 2014 short story collection. She signed a limited number in a fundraising drive for The Threepenny Review and we are selling the few remaining copies to interested Davis fans. Bookseller Inventory # 003788

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Title: Can't and Won't

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis, one of the greatest short story writers alive.

Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories.

With titles like 'A Story of Stolen Salamis', 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer', 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates', and 'Can't and Won't', the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous, the ironic and the surprising.

Above all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage.

Praise for Lydia Davis:

'What stories. Precise and piercing, extremely funny. Nearly all are unlike anything you've ever read' Metro

'To read The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is to be reminded of the grand, echoing mind-chambers created by Sebald or recent Coetzee. A writer of vast intelligence and originality' Independent on Sunday

'Among my most favourite writers. Read her now!' - A.M. Homes

Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

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To read Davis is to become a co-conspirator in her way of existing in the world, perplexity combined with vivid observation . . . In a universe drowning in words, Davis is a respite. What she doesn't say is as important as what she does (New York Times Book Review)

Can't and Won't is the most revolutionary collection of stories by an American in twenty-five years (John Freeman Boston Globe)

Short, shorter and brilliant: a unique and dazzling body of work (Oregonian)

Astonishing, touching, memorable, extraordinary . . . Even at her most poetic Davis is a storyteller (Radar)

Profound, beautiful, moving . . . You will go back to a little gem that has wormed its way into your mind and stuck there, and discover that it is indeed a little gem, which sparkles a different way each time and flashes with a brief beauty or hidden meaning (Susan Hill Spectator)

Psychological richness, frequent poignancy . . . Davis hints insistently at how abundant nothingness can be when we bother to look at it (Joshua Cohen Times Literary Supplement)

Can't and Won't shows Davis using precise language to articulate the kind of ideas and impressions which are usually left to float around the subconscious (Max Liu The Independent)

I am also a massive fan of Lydia Davis so was really excited about Can't and Won't (Lauren Mayberry The Observer)

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