Some Trick: Thirteen Stories

May 29, 2018|
Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen Dewitt
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For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. “Look,” a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate.” In various ways, each tale carries DeWitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.”
Author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods, Helen Dewitt knows, in descending order of proficiency, Latin, ancient Greek, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, and Japanese: ''The self is a set of linguistic patterns,'' she said. ''Reading and speaking in another language i...
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Title:Some Trick: Thirteen Stories
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.3 X 5.6 X 0.9 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.3 X 5.6 X 0.9 in
Published:May 29, 2018
Publisher:New Directions Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780811227827

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