Jorge Luis Borges wrote summary abstracts of novels that don't exist.
Samuel Beckett wrote novel-abstracts that do.
These are the facts about the fish in the Nile:
The above italicized ten words and colon are one such story-experiment, "Certain Knowledge from Herodotus," quoted in its entirety. Naturally I'd of preferred quoting only an excerpt from her story rather than the whole story, but how?
No matter what the erudite tastemakers of contemporary literary fiction have to gush about Lydia Davis, even awarding her recently the Man Booker International Prize (one on the Booker panel, in fact, beamed about her "texts" and "apophthegms" without a smidgeon of irony), I'd rather read whatever "certain knowledge from Herodotus" I could glean myself straight from The Histories, rather than another text or apophthegm by this overly lauded, alleged genius of the short form.
These are the facts about the fishy abstracts in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.
She's definitely been on my need-to-get-to list... although now I'm a little daunted. Mostly by the word "apophthegm", which I am off to google :D. Great (and frank) review!ReplyDelete
Thanks, bookspersonally! I'm still mystified that she was able to somehow cast whatever spell she's able to cast of hers onto those who voted for or chose her to win the Int'l Man Booker.ReplyDelete
Thanks for great post god luckReplyDelete