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Davis, Lydia

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1st Printing. Signed. 290 pages. Published in 2014. The author's sixth collection of short stories. Destined to be a classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Lydia Davis' "Can't And Won't". An all-new collection of stories. While many of her stories are actually quite long, Lydia Davis is rightly celebrated for her poetic compression, which is not the same as brevity. The short short story is pedigreed: Irving Howe's indispensable collection, "Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Short Stories", includes contributions by every major writer in the Western world. Furthermore, as the translator of Marcel Proust's interminable sentences, Lydia Davis knows how to write very long novels and sentences indeed. What she has achieved in her own body of work is something else altogether: "Whimsical, seemingly event-less fictions that fall somewhere between prose, poetry, and Venn diagrams" (The New Yorker Magazine). The short story is always about epiphany. Lydia Davis' stories are about the final epiphany: Life, in all of its quotidian ordinariness, has no meaning other than what one gives it, but people are, for the most part, so distracted by something else they do not pause even for a minute to apprehend and then act on this truth. Lydia Davis does it for us. A whole universe of relationships, feelings, and even cause-and-effect is contained in this collection of "cannot" 's and "will not" 's abbreviated. "The best prose stylist in America" (Rick Moody). An absolute "must-have" title for Lydia Davis collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Lydia Davis. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2003. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2007 for "Varieties of Disturbance". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LYDIA DAVIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374118582. Bookseller Inventory #

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A new collection of short stories from the woman Rick Moody has called "the best prose stylist in America"

Her stories may be literal one-liners: the entirety of "Bloomington" reads, "Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before." Or they may be lengthier investigations of the havoc wreaked by the most mundane disruptions to routine: in "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," a professor receives a gift of thirty-two small chocolates and is paralyzed by the multitude of options she imagines for their consumption. The stories may appear in the form of letters of complaint; they may be extracted from Flaubert's correspondence; or they may be inspired by the author's own dreams, or the dreams of friends.
What does not vary throughout Can't and Won't, Lydia Davis's fifth collection of stories, is the power of her finely honed prose. Davis is sharply observant; she is wry or witty or poignant. Above all, she is refreshing. Davis writes with bracing candor and sly humor about the quotidian, revealing the mysterious, the foreign, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the predictable patterns of daily life.

About the Author: Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and four previous story collections, the most recent of which, Varieties of Disturbance, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is also the acclaimed translator of Swann's Way (2003) and Madame Bovary (2010), both of which were awarded the French American Foundation Translation Prize. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2009, was described by James Wood in The New Yorker as a "grand cumulative achievement." She is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

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