Man Booker International Prize Winner 2013

By , July 18, 2013

In May, American writer Lydia Davis was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for “achievement in fiction on the world stage.”

Lydia Davis’s writing style is a challenge to classify. Her work has been described as “stories, miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, parables, texts, aphorisms, apophthegms, prayers or simply observations.” Her short stories range in length, from a single finely crafted paragraph to a couple of pages.


If you would like to try some of Lydia Davis’ stories the library has several of her collections to choose from:

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

By Lydia Davis (2009)

“Now, for the first time, Davis’s short stories will be collected in one volume, from the groundbreaking Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is an event in American letters.”




Varieties of Disturbance: Stories

By Lydia Davis (2007)


“In her fourth collection, Davis extends her reach as never before in stories that take every form from sociological studies to concise poems.”




Samuel Johnson is Indignant: Stories

By Lydia Davis (2002)


Lydia Davis’s first major collection of stories, described as “a magnetic collection of stories” and “a strong, seemingly effortless haunting work.”





Almost No Memory

By Lydia Davis (1997)

“Philosophical inquiry, examinations of language, and domestic disputes are the focus of Lydia Davis’s inventive collection of short fiction.”










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