The Nearest Thing to Life

The Nearest Thing to Life

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In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism, James Wood, noted contributor to the New Yorker, has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life. He argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our lives and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion. The act of reading is understood here as the most sacred and personal of activities, and there are brilliant discussions of individual works--among others, Chekhov's story "The Kiss," W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants, and Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower.
Publisher: Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781611687422
161168742X
9781611687415
1611687411
9781611687439
Branch Call Number: 801.9509 WOOD
Characteristics: 134 pages ; 22 cm

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