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Almost No Memory

Almost No Memory

Stories

Lydia Davis

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Lydia Davis's collection Almost No Memory is richly inventive array of playful philosophical investigations, involuted domestic disputes, and fables of the dark fantastic. With wittily restrained intensity, she again portrays the contemplative self caught in the paradoxical world. In 'Pastor Elaine's Newsletter,' a harried mother studies a Bible passage; in 'Foucault and Pencil,' a troubled analyst on her way home from a session attempts to distract herself with a difficult French text; in 'Glenn Gould,' a former pianist tries to justify her dependence on a certain television show. The stories in Almost No Memory reveal an empathic, sometimes shattering understanding of human relations, as Davis, in a spare but resonant prose all her own, explores the limits of identity, of logic, and of the known and the knowable.

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Praise for Almost No Memory

“Lydia Davis is one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction.” —Benjamin Weissman, Los Angeles Times

“Frequently poetic and, without question, memorable.” —Liam Callanan, The New York Times Book Reveiw

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About the author

Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is the author of several works of fiction, including Break it Down and The End of the Story. She is also a noted translator, and a collection of stories, The Old Dictionary. She teaches at Bard College and lives in Port Ewen, New York.

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