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Varieties of Disturbance: Stories Paperback – May 15, 2007
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The selection I remember most is "The Walk," and it's one of the few stories to let slip anything approaching emotion: resentment, sadness, and perhaps a little resignation. There is a story behind this story; it is a "fictional" response to Andre Aciman's review throttling Davis's translation of "Swann's Way": "Gone not just the style," he had written in his review, "but the voice, which is the temper, the attitude, the inflection of style." (I, by the way, don't quite agree with Aciman here: I found her translation both faithful to the text and enchanting in tone.) In her story, she imagines--or re-imagines--an encounter with her critic at a conference on translation; "He felt that she kept too close to the original text" is her acerbic summary. She closes the piece with her solitude after everyone has left, "disappointed that some of the other participants had not stayed on afterward for a least a little while.Read more ›
Well, it doesn't really matter what you label them....They are fun,
they are innovative, they zing your mind.
I won't lie, there is some mental effort involved. I am not a snob, I enjoy thrillers and other page-turners. There is no action in these stories, just a lot of tension and humor. But when you are inclined to read something that is spare yet runs very deep, you could hardly do better than Lydia Davis. Varieties of Disturbance is sort of breaking in in the middle, but that is how I did it, quite by accident, and I wasn't put off.
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Fascinating. I was unfamiliar with the writer until I read an article on her.Published 24 months ago by Jean Mensing
Those with a particular fondness for linguistics will find themselves quite taken with this collection, but unfortunately I am not one of them. Read morePublished on December 22, 2007 by H. Meredith-Fink