Urgency and Patience by Jean-Philippe ToussaintUrgency and Patience by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

Urgency and Patience

byJean-Philippe ToussaintTranslated byEdward Gauvin

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Both a sense of urgency and a goodly amount of patience are required for any writer to produce a novel. Moving between these two poles, Jean-Philippe Toussaint here collects a series of short essays on the art of writing, both his own and that of writers he's admired, for example Kafka, Beckett, Dostoyevsky, and Proust. As Toussaint himself has said, "It's only natural for writers... to say a word about how they write and what they owe to great authors."

Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of nine novels, and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Decembre for "The Truth about Marie". His writing has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Tati, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and even Charlie Chaplin.A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Edward Gauvin...
Title:Urgency and PatienceFormat:PerfectDimensions:90 pages, 6.8 × 5 × 0.3 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:Dalkey Archive PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1628970790

ISBN - 13:9781628970791


Editorial Reviews

"I particularly recommend Urgency and Patience to everyone who dreams of writing, or starting out in the business. Really? Yes, because the novelist here reveals his methodology, his rules, tricks, mannerisms, constraints... and, as reading is inseparable from writing, his experiences as a reader..."--Le Journal du Dimanche