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To reduce an irreducible book, this is a set of linked essays around breast cancer: the author’s own, those of figures like Susan Sontag and Audre Lorde, and those of the pseudonymous Internet posters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll think, not least about why some things might make you laugh and cry instead of others. And none are better at infusing that deep thought into their vocabulary and syntax than Anne Boyer. It’s the kind of book where certain passages hit so hard, you have to step back for a second to feel your basest-level reasoning alter, about the cancer-care marketplace and much beyond. For someone writing so eloquently about oncologically-induced exhaustion, Boyer’s is the most alert writing of the year.

 
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279349
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

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In 500 two-page short stories alphabetized by title, Jauffret presents humanity as a slew of semi-deranged monologues: everyday but always heightened, and occasionally surreal, self-portraits of strivers, ne'er-do-wells, and worse, which often feel plucked from diaries, police records, letters to the editor, and tabloid stories. Each microfiction is uniquely affecting, even as a common thread of mordant humor smears across the entire work. Pulpy and obscene on one page, devastatingly gentle the next, Jauffret is like a mad hybrid of Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes, and Alain Mabanckou, with the formal gamesmanship of a nouveau-roman acolyte.

 

Dans 500 nouvelles de deux pages, classées par titre, Jauffret présente l’humanité sous forme de monologues semi-dérangés: des autoportraits quotidiens mais toujours intensifiés, et parfois surréalistes, de travailleurs acharnés, de bons à rien, et de pires, qui semblent souvent tirés des journaux intimes, des dossiers de police, des lettres au rédacteur en chef et des histoires de tabloïd. Chaque microfiction a une incidence unique, même si un fil conducteur d’humour mordant s’étale sur toute l’oeuvre. Torchon et obscène sur une page, délicatement doux sur la prochaine, Jauffret est comme un hybride fou de Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes et Alain Mabanckou, avec le jeu formel d’un acolyte nouveau-romain..

 

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$35.95
ISBN: 9782070355686
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Gallimard Education - April 1st, 2008

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Any new book by Vila-Matas is a unique kind of joy: you know you’ll be getting a form-bending investigation into writer’s-life conundrums, one that is funny, maddening, and exquisitely crafted; obviously of a piece with his past work and yet indisputably different each time out. This is quintessential Vila-Matas and maybe, somehow, his best book yet. An old man who newly has time on his hands decides to indulge his long-festering urge to write, and what better way than to bastardize an old, little-liked book by a local literary star, chapter by chapter? Chaos spectacularly ensues, and the resulting novel is a pleasurably head-scratching riddle like nothing else. 

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By Enrique Vila-Matas, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Sophie Hughes (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811227322
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 30th, 2019

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