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Essays Two
Essays Two by Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis


 
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New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 30 2021)

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A collection of essays on translation, foreign languages, Proust, and one French city, from the master short-fiction writer and acclaimed translator Lydia Davis Lydia Davis, who has been called “a magician of self-consciousness” by Jonathan Franzen and “the best prose stylist in America” by Rick Moody, gathered a selection of her essays for the first time in 2019 with Essays One. Now she continues her nonfiction project with Essays Two.

This edition collects, for the first time, Davis’s essays and talks on the art of translation; the experience of translating Proust, Flaubert, and Michel Leiris; learning a foreign language through reading; and an extended immersion in the city of Arles.

Davis, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award, showcases her sharp literary mind and invaluable insight in this new collection of her nonfiction works.

Lydia Davis
is the author of one novel and five story collections, including Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and most recently, Can’t and Won’t. She is also the acclaimed translator of Swann’s Way and Madame Bovary, both of which were awarded the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis 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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