Short short story

Thursday, 23 May, 2013

“Representatives of different food products manufacturers try to open their own packaging.” That’s a short story titled Idea for a Short Documentary Film by the short-story writer Lydia Davis. It appeared in the Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, which was published in 2009. The American author, who has just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction, is also an accomplished translator and her English version of Proust’s Swann’s Way was very well received. Indeed, she once said it was Proust’s famously long sentences that inspired her succinct writing style.

Negative Emotions is typical of the Davis approach to (short) story telling.

The Man Booker International Prize is presented every two years to a living author for a body of work published either originally in English or available in translation in English. Previous winners include US novelist Philip Roth in 2011, the late Nigerian poet and novelist Chinua Achebe in 2007 and the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare in 2005.

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