Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven short-story collections, of which the most recent is Can’t and Won’t. She is also the translator, from the French, of more than thirty books, including masterworks by Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert. In honour of her literary achievements, she was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.
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Fiction | Issue 151
Learning to Sing
‘You discover during your very first lessons that the problem of singing better involves overcoming many other problems you had not ever imagined.’
Fiction | Issue 115
The Dreadful Mucamas
‘We do not believe they are sincerely trying to please us.’
Essays & Memoir | Issue 140
Marcel Proust’s letters to his neighbour, translated from the French by Lydia Davis.
Fiction | Issue 126
‘A woman from Barnard College calls me and asks if I would please spell ‘hemorrhaging’ for her.’
Essays & Memoir | Issue 126
‘My father has trouble with his hearing and does not like to talk on the phone, so I talk on the phone mainly to my mother’.