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Author Wood, James, 1965- author.

Title Serious noticing : selected essays, 1997-2019 / James Wood.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    824.09 WOO    Available
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Edition First American edition.
Description vi, 510 pages ; 22 cm
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Note Originally published in 2019 by Vintage, Great Britain, as Serious noticing: selected essays.
"These essays originally appeared, in slightly different form, in The New Yorker, London Review of Books, and The New Republic"--Title page verso.
Contents Fun stuff: homage to Keith Moon -- What Chekhov meant by life -- Serious noticing -- Saul Bellow's comic style -- Anna Karenina and characterization -- Joseph Roth's empire of signs -- Paul Auster's shallowness -- Hysterical realism -- Bohumil Hrabal's comic world -- George Orwell's very English revolution -- Jane Austen's heroic consciousness -- Cormac McCarthy's the road -- Reality examined to the point of madness': László Krasznahorkai -- Wounder and wounded -- On not going home -- Other side of silence: rereading W. G. Sebald -- Becoming them -- Don Quixote's old and new testaments -- Dostoevsky's god -- Helen Garner's savage honesty -- All and the if: God and metaphor in Melville -- Elena Ferrante -- Virginia Woolf's Mysticism -- Job existed: Primo Levi -- Marilynne Robinson -- Ismail Kadare -- Jenny Erpenbeck -- Packing my father-in-law's library.
Summary Wood collects his best essays from the first three decades of his career, supplementing earlier work with autobiographical reflections from his book The Nearest Thing to Life and recent essays from The New Yorker on rising writers of extraordinary promise.
Subject Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Auster, Paul, 1947-
Bellow, Saul.
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
Erpenbeck, Jenny, 1967-
Ferrante, Elena.
Garner, Helen, 1942-
Hrabal, Bohumil, 1914-1997.
Kadare, Ismail.
Krasznahorkai, László.
Levi, Primo.
McCarthy, Cormac, 1933- Road.
Moon, Keith, 1946-1978.
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
Quixote, Don (Fictitious character)
Robinson, Marilynne.
Roth, Joseph, 1894-1939.
Sebald, W. G. (Winfried Georg), 1944-2001.
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910. Anna Karenina.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
English essays -- 20th century.
English essays -- 21st century.
Literature -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Essays.
Added Title Essays. Selections
ISBN 9780374261160 (hardcover)
0374261164 (hardcover)

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