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Some Trick: Thirteen Stories

At last a new book: a baker's dozen of stories all with Helen DeWitt's razor-sharp genius Finalist for the Saroyan Prize for Fiction NPR Best Book of the Year New York Public Library's Best Books for Adults
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كود المخزن: 9780811227827
AuthorDeWitt, Helen (New Directions)
Pub Date21/09/2018
BindingHardback
Pages224
Country of OriginUnited States

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."