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Three very short stories by Lydia Davis

From “Can’t and Won’t” (Hamish Hamilton, £16.99). © Lydia Davis 2014

By Lydia Davis   June 2014

Lydia Davis is an American writer, celebrated for her very short stories, which are sometimes no longer than a sentence. Reviewing her new collection, Can’t and Won’t, for Prospect last month, Adam Kirsch praised Davis for “the sheer oddity of her prose [and] her refusal to conform to the usual expectations of storytelling.”

“I write a story in whatever form seems to be demanded by the subject matter, and that is why some are so short,” Davis has said. “How much, really, can you say about this fly on the wall of the bus or this notice in a hotel…

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