Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World Of Books

May 12, 2015|
Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World Of Books by Tim Parks
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Why do we need fiction? Why do books need  to be printed on paper, copyrighted, read to the finish? Do we read to challenge our vision of  the world or to confirm it? Has novel writing turned into a job like any other? In Where I’m Reading From, the novelist and critic Tim Parks ranges over decades of critical reading—from Leopardi, Dickens, and Chekhov, to Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Thomas Bernhard, and on to contemporary work by Peter Stamm, Alice Munro, and many others—to upend our assumptions about literature and its purpose.

In thirty-seven interlocking essays, Where I’m Reading From examines the rise of the “international” novel and the disappearance of “national” literary styles; how market forces shape “serious” fiction; the unintended effects of translation; the growing stasis of literary criticism; and the problematic relationship between writers’ lives and their work. Through dazzling close readings and probing self-examination, Parks wonders whether writers—and readers—can escape the twin pressures of the new global system and the novel that has become its emblematic genre.
Part I: The World Around the Book 1    1.  Do We Need Stories? 3    2.  Why Finish Books? 9    3.  E-books are for Grown-ups 15    4. Does Copyright Matter? 19    5.  The Dull New Global Novel 25    6.  Reading It Wrong 29    7.  Why Readers Disagree 35    8. Where I’m Reading From 41 Part II: The Book in the World 47    1.  What’s Wr...
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Title:Where I'm Reading From: The Changing World Of BooksFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.54 X 5.79 X 0.76 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.54 X 5.79 X 0.76 inPublished:May 12, 2015Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:159017884X

ISBN - 13:9781590178843

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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