Can’t and Won’t

Can’t and Won’t is Lydia Davis’s first collection since her International Man Booker prize-winning Collected Stories (2009). Fans of her work will be relieved to find that Davis’s sparse, luminous style, with its unnervingly close attention to apparent minutiae – the characteristics which led Jonathan Franzen to call her ‘the shorter Proust’ – has not changed. Language in Davis is triple-distilled: the result is exhilarating, intense and unforgettable.

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Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, the most recent of which is Can't and Won't. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

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