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.