Break It Down: Stories (FSG Classics) (Paperback)

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The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis's trademarks—dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise. Although the certainty of her prose suggests a world of almost clinical reason and clarity, her characters show us that life, thought, and language are full of disorder. Break It Down is Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is "a magician of self-consciousness."

About the Author


Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance: Stories was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award of Merit Medal, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Proust. Lydia Davis is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

Praise For…


“Davis is one of the most precise and economical writers we have.” —DAVE EGGERS, McSweeney's
Product Details
ISBN: 9780374531447
ISBN-10: 0374531447
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 16th, 2008
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: FSG Classics