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Davis, Lydia 1947-

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A manual for cleaning women : selected stories by Lucia Berlin( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and Catalan and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions."--Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--
Can't and won't by Lydia Davis( Book )

31 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fifth collection by the author of the National Book Award finalist, Varieties of Disturbance, includes pithy one-liners, exploratory observations and letters of complaint, including "A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates," in which a professor is stymied by her choices
The collected stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis( Book )

34 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called "an American virtuoso of the short story form" ( and "one of the quiet giants ... of American fiction" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break it Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award finalist Varieties of Disturbance. - Cover flap
Life/Situations : essays written and spoken by Jean-Paul Sartre( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with intellectual vigor: Sartre's preoccupations as a man and writer, autobigraphical reflections and reappraisals, a tartly provocative consideration of the woman's movement with Simone de Beauvoir, and on his monumental study of Flaubert
Varieties of disturbance : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Varieties of Disturbance, her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems. Her subjects include the five senses, fourth-graders, good taste, and tropical storms. She offers a reinterpretation of insomnia and re-creates the ordeals of Kafka in the kitchen. She questions the lengths to which one should go to save the life of a caterpillar, proposes a clear account of the sexual act, rides the bus, probes the limits of marital fidelity, and unlocks the secret to a long and happy life"--Publisher website (November 2007)
The Best American short stories, 1997 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines by Katrina Kenison( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of twenty-four American short stories by authors such as Carolyn Cooke, Leonard Michaels, Clyde Edgerton, and Tobias Wolff. Includes a list of 100 additional notable stories from 1996
Samuel Johnson is indignant : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... A collection of perfectly modulated, sometimes harrowing, and often hilarious investigations into the multifaceted ways in which human beings perceive one another and themselves. A couple suspects their friends think them boring; a woman resolves to see herself as nothing but then concludes she's set too high a goal; and a funeral home receives a letter rebuking it for liguistic errors."--Page 4 of cover
Break it down : stories by Lydia Davis( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Break It Down," the main character tries to determine if the money he spent on a euphoric 10-day romance was worth the pleasure -- and then, when the romance is over, whether it was worth the pain. In "Story," the narrator is so obsessed with contacting her lover that she finds it impossible to enjoy herself. She can neither work nor sleep, and she canʹt get her lover out of her mind. She worries if heʹs deceiving her. She wonders if he still loves her -- and if he does love her, just how much? In "The Letter," the narrator searches for her ex-husbandʹs old white Volvoʹs "beautiful soft shape." His face floats before her as she pauses in her work, and she returns to her translating to stave off the pain. When she finally does receive a letter from him, she minutely analyzes his handwriting in the hope that she can understand what he was really feeling when he wrote to her. In the end, she sniffs the stationery to see if any of his aroma lingers on the paper -- but all she is able to smell is the ink. The remaining stories -- some of them one-sentence observations, many two-or there-page vignettes -- seem, at best, like prose poems. At worst, they might be remnants from any number of writing workshop exercises. Many have to do with old ladies, sisters, houses, cockroaches and mice. Some manage to be poignant pictures, while other leave the reader asking, "Why?" or "What for?"
Almost no memory by Lydia Davis( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by an experimental writer, ranging in length from a sentence to several pages. One story describes the way a few ill-chosen words can turn a minor dispute into high drama, another is on the bad luck of an explorer who accomplishes a perilous expedition, only to die on his way home. By the author of The End of the Story
African trio by Georges Simenon( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end of the story by Lydia Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman attempts to recover from a failed love affair by writing a novel on the subject and finds it a difficult task. The hardest part is the chronology, who did what to whom first. She describes the affair in narrative form, without dialogue, from its happy beginnings--he was good looking, a poet, 12 years her junior--to the sordid finale when she turned to stalking him. By the author of Break It Down
The Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essays by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essential reader from Station Hill (Blanchot's longtime publisher in the United States) is six books in one, and the first and only collection of Maurice Blanchot's celebrated fiction and critical/philosophical writing. Regarded both on the European continent and in America as one of the truly great authors of French Post-Modernism, Blanchot's reputation and readership in English has already established him as a modern classic. The Blanchot Reader brings together a substantial collection of critical and philosophical writings (The Gaze of Orpheus) and the only edition in print in English of his major works of fiction (Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, Vicious Circles, The Madness of the Day, When the Time Comes and The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me). General readers and students alike will seek out these essential works by the writer Susan Sontag referred to as an unimpeachably major voice in modern French literature. Maurice Blanchot is now recognized as a major twentieth century philosopher whose influence extends to the works of Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, Lacan and others
The rendezvous : a novel by Justine Lévy( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman in a Paris cafe awaits her mother, all the while dismissing men trying to pick her up. She is Louise, and in a monologue she describes her life and her relationship with her mother, a glamorous woman about whom men also swarm like bees
Letters to his neighbor by Marcel Proust( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marcel Proust's genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-line walls, he was not ready for the fresh assault of a new upstairs neighbor, Dr. Williams, a dentist with a thriving practice directly overhead. Chiefly to Mme Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, or even pheasants) are frequently moving and leavened by subtle humor--Proust couches his pained frustration in gracious eloquence. In Lydia Davis's hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: "Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming(an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1st neighbors 2nd the smell of post offices) that the leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness." Lydia Davis has written a generous afterword, tracing much of what we can know about Proust's perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there, burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring in musicians, and through it all, continuing his heroic work despite an intractable illness and the intrusions of life (and noise) from outside. Letters to His Neighbor is richly illustrated with facsimile letters and photographs--a small treasure for lovers of Proust. -- Inside jacket flap
Brisées = Broken branches by Michel Leiris( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at pictures by Robert Walser( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LOOKING AT PICTURES--a selection of Robert Walser's writings on art and artists--is a Christine Burgin/New Directions co-publication, and includes 45 full-color illustrations. A beautiful and elegant collection, with gorgeous full-color art reproductions, LOOKING AT PICTURES presents a little-known side of the eccentric Swiss genius: his great writings on art. His essays consider Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Cranach, Watteau, Fragonard, Brueghel and his own brother Karl and also discuss general topics such as the character of the artist and of the dilettante as well as the differences between painters and poets --
Two former students by Lydia Davis( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lydia Davis by Lodewijk-Henri Wiener( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in Dutch and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Onlangs verscheen bij AfdH Uitgevers de bundel 'Grasses and Trees', 72 ZKV?s van A.L. Snijders, vertaald door de wereldberoemde korteverhalenschrijfster Lydia Davis. Die vertaling is een hele prestatie, gegeven het feit dat Davis, zoals ze zelf verklaart, geen Nederlands kent. L.H. Wiener werd door uitgever Paul Abels gevraagd om de vertalingen te corrigeren? wat hij hoffelijk deed?, om het voorwoord van Snijders te vertalen? kennelijk ging deze ietwat sadistische tekst de krachten van Davis te boven? en om een stukje te schrijven over vertaalmoeilijkheden. Met de eerste twee activiteiten had de wereldberoemde schrijfster geen moeite, maar over het laatste stukje was zij? al dan niet bij wijze van misverstand? "not amused". De uitgever koos voor de wereldberoemdheid en weigerde Wieners korte verhandeling. Met als resultaat een polemische geschrift, behelzende een open brief aan Lydia Davis, vergezeld van een uitmuntende karikatuur van Paul van der Steen
Madame Bovary: patterns of provincial life by Gustave Flaubert( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emma Bovary is the original desperate housewife. Beautiful but bored, she is married to a provincial doctor yet harbors dreams of an elegant and passionate life. In an effort to make her life everything she believes it should be, she spends lavishly on clothes and on her home and embarks on two disappointing affairs. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter
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The collected stories of Lydia Davis
Alternative Names
Lydia Davis Ameerika Ühendriikide kirjanik

Lydia Davis American writer

Lydia Davis Amerikaans taalkundige

Lydia Davis escritora estadounidense

Lydia Davis US-amerikanische Schriftstellerin

Lydia Davisová americká spisovatelka a překladatelka

Λίντια Ντέιβις Αμερικανίδα συγγραφέας

Дэвис, Лидия

Лідія Девіс

לידיה דיוויס

לידיה דיוויס סופרת אמריקאית

ليديا ديفيس كاتب أمريكي

لیدیا دیویس زبان‌شناس، نویسنده، و مترجم آمریکایی

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ലിഡിയ ഡേവിസ്

ლიდია დეივისი ამერიკელი მწერალი

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Varieties of disturbance : storiesThe Best American short stories, 1997 : selected from U.S. and Canadian magazinesSamuel Johnson is indignant : storiesBreak it down : storiesAlmost no memoryThe end of the storyThe Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essaysThe rendezvous : a novelMadame Bovary: patterns of provincial life