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Book review: Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis

Davis is one of the strangest and most original writers in the English language

By Adam Kirsch   May 2014

Davis: The kind of writer we must teach ourselves how to read

Lydia Davis could be called a cult writer, if it weren’t for the fact that the cult has expanded, in the last few years, to include just about everyone. Her Collected Stories, which appeared in 2009 and included the contents of four slender volumes published over the previous decades, established her as one of America’s most respected writers, and in 2013 she won the Man Booker International Prize. Fortunately, however, Davis is not yet anthology-familiar. The sheer oddity…

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