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Davis, Lydia 1947-

Works: 136 works in 304 publications in 2 languages and 10,112 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  History  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Love stories  Historical fiction  Short stories, American 
Roles: Translator, Adapter
Classifications: PQ2631.R63, 843.8
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Most widely held works by Lydia Davis
Swann's way by Marcel Proust ( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The narrator interrupts reminiscences about his childhood spent in late-nineteenth-century France to recall the affair which a friend of the family carries on with young Odette de Crecy
Madame Bovary : provincial ways by Gustave Flaubert ( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a new translation of Flaubert's classic tale, in which the title character turns to spending and a series of affairs to combat the boredom of married life and, heartbroken and crippled by debts, takes drastic action that results in tragedy
The collected stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis ( Book )
21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A single-volume compilation of the National Book Award finalist's short stories includes "Break it Down" and "Varieties of Disturbance."
Varieties of disturbance : stories by Lydia Davis ( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 787 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)
Samuel Johnson is indignant : stories by Lydia Davis ( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The end of the story by Lydia Davis ( Book )
14 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 536 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
Almost no memory by Lydia Davis ( Book )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 458 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
Break it down : stories by Lydia Davis ( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 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?"
The rendezvous : a novel by Justine Lévy ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 340 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
The Station Hill Blanchot reader : fiction & literary essays by Maurice Blanchot ( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Station Hill Blanchot Reader is the only collection in English of Maurice Blanchot's mature fiction - the unique genre he called recits (tellings, narratives) - as well as a selection of literary/philosophical writings drawn from five of his major works. It brings together seven of Blanchot's eight Station Hill books published over the past twenty years: Vicious Circles, Thomas the Obscure, Death Sentence, The Madness of the Day, When The Time Comes, The One Who Was Standing Apart From Me, and ten of the eleven essays from The Gaze of Orpheus and Other Literary Essays."--BOOK JACKET
Brisées = Broken branches by Michel Leiris ( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Death sentence by Maurice Blanchot ( Book )
2 editions published between 1978 and 1999 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scraps by Michel Leiris ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The desert world by Pierre Jean Jouve ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Early this century, a roman a trois between a woman and two homosexuals. The men are a Swiss painter and a French poet, the woman a Russian banker in Geneva. She is attracted to the painter intellectually and to the poet physically. She has an affair with the poet, destroying the relationship of all three
The madness of the day by Maurice Blanchot ( Book )
4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hecate by Pierre Jean Jouve ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An erotic 1920s novel narrated by Catherine Crachat, a French actress. She has a fling with Pierre in Paris, they break up, she moves to Vienna where bisexual Baroness Fanny proposes a three-way orgy with her lover, none other than Pierre. At that, the two women turn enemies
Vagadu by Pierre Jean Jouve ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An erotic 1920s novel on an aging French actress, seeking relationships that will give her life some meaning. But as she learns, debauchery in middle age does not bring the same joy as in youth, so she turns to psychoanalysis for help. A sequel to Hecate
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Emma Bovary, bored by her provincial life, is drawn to a more sophisticated world that will demand a terrible price
Coleridge's laws a study of Coleridge in Malta by Barry Hough ( )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Samuel Taylor Coleridge is best known as a great poet and literary theorist, but for a period of his life he held real political power, acting as Public Secretary to the British Civil Commissioner in Malta in 1805. Barry Hough and Howard Davis show how Coleridge's actions in this role differ markedly from the idealism he had advocated before taking office--shedding new light on Coleridge's sense of political and legal morality. Meticulously researched and including newly discovered archival materials, Coleridge's Laws provides detailed analysis of the laws and public notices drafted by Coleridge, together with the first published translations of them"--Publisher's description
No tomorrow = Point de lendemain by Vivant Denon ( Book )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Point de lendemain (No Tomorrow) is the English translation of a French 18th century masterpiece, Point de Lendemain by Dominique Vivant Denon. Written in 1777 and re-edited in 1812, Point de Lendemain is a record of the initiation of a young man and a member of a secret society. Giovanna Summerfield's preface and notes will offer a new way of reading Point de Lendemain, marginalizing the triviality of sex and the love triangle, which has been thus far seen as a physical need rather than as an expression of supremacy and challenge of God. This tale of seduction is itself a seduction, with a plot that could be said to slowly unveil itself before arriving at last at an unexpected consummation. Summoned by Madame de T---- to her country house, the young hero of Denon's novella is taken on a tour of the grounds, only the beginning of a night that not only will be full of unanticipated delights but will give rise to unforeseen, perhaps unanswerable, questions. Lydia Davis's definitive translation of Denon's slim masterpiece is accompanied by the French text. Peter Brooks's illuminating introduction explores the mysteries of "No Tomorrow"'s original publication and the subtleties of Denon's ethics of pleasure
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Alternative Names
デイヴィス, リディア
English (129)
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