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Varieties of disturbance : stories

Author: Lydia Davis
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Davis
ISBN: 9780374281731 0374281734
OCLC Number: 72699627
Description: xi, 219 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Man from her past --
Dog and me --
Enlightened --
Good taste contest --
Collaboration with fly --
Kafka cooks dinner --
Tropical storm --
Good times --
Idea for a short documentary film --
Forbidden subjects --
Two types --
Senses --
Grammar questions --
Hand --
Caterpillar --
Childcare --
We miss you: A study of get-well letters from a class of fourth-graders --
Passing wind --
Television --
Jane and the cane --
Getting to know your body --
Absentminded --
Southward bound, reads Worstward Ho --
Walk --
Varieties of disturbance --
Lonely --
Mrs. D and her maids --
20 sculptures in one hour --
Nietszche --
What you learned about the baby --
Her mother's mother --
How it is done --
Insomnia --
Burning family members --
Way to perfection --
Fellowship --
Helen and Vi: A study in health and vitality --
Reducing expenses --
Mother's reaction to my travel plans --
For sixty cents --
How shall I mourn them? --
Strange impulse --
How she could not drive --
Suddenly afraid --
Getting better --
Head, heart --
Strangers --
Busy road --
Order --
Fly --
Traveling with Mother --
Index entry --
My son --
Example of the continuing past tense in a hotel room --
Cape Cod diary --
Almost over: What's the word? --
Different man.
Responsibility: Lydia Davis.
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"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).

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