Lydia Davis

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Lydia Davis: ‘I write it the way I want to write it’
The author on flash fiction, translation as a route to creativity, and why we need to prioritise the climate crisis over ‘business as usual with writing’

Anthony Cummins

27, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Top 10 books about creative writing
From linguistics to essays by Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison, poet Anthony Anaxagorou recommends some ‘lateral’ ways in to a demanding craft

Anthony Anaxagorou

14, Oct, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Essays by Lydia Davis review – a woman of few words well chosen
Lydia Davis’s essays about writing and meaning are like her micro-stories: witty, playful and pared to the bare essentials

Tim Adams

26, Nov, 2019 @7:00 AM

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No punctuation and noisy neighbours – translating Proust’s letters
The international Man Booker winner Lydia Davis on the pleasurable challenges of Marcel’s mail

Lydia Davis

10, Nov, 2017 @2:00 PM

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The most American fiction – according to the rest of the world
The site Literary Hub has asked writers and editors from around the world to list the quintessential American titles. Here’s what they came up with – do you agree?

06, Jul, 2015 @2:51 PM

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Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them – plus our favourite literary links

Guardian readers and Marta Bausells

15, Jun, 2015 @2:31 PM

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Can't and Won't review – Lydia Davis drops her guard

The American writer's latest short stories have lost some of their humour but hint at new depths, writes William Skidelsky

William Skidelsky

20, Apr, 2014 @8:04 AM

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Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis review – short stories about obsession

Helen Oyeyemi on a one-book library from the Man Booker International prizewinner

Helen Oyeyemi

04, Apr, 2014 @11:00 AM

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Lydia Davis hints at move to microblogging fiction

Booker Prize winner, known for her succinct tales, says her publisher is keen for her to try writing stories on Twitter

Vanessa Thorpe

25, May, 2013 @12:22 PM

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My hero: Lydia Davis by Ali Smith

As mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert, as epoch-making as Proust – Davis's short stories are a celebration of the fertile mind, writes Ali Smith

Ali Smith

24, May, 2013 @3:00 PM

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Write your own short story – in under three sentences | Open thread

Open thread: Could you write a story as short as those by Lydia Davis, the Man Booker International prizewinner? Inspire us with your literary genius

Open thread

24, May, 2013 @9:19 AM

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James Salter reads Break it Down by Lydia Davis
James Salter, the veteran American novelist and short story writer, reads a story by Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Man Booker International prize

Presented by Lisa Allardice and produced by Tim Maby

23, May, 2013 @8:58 AM

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