How Literature Saved My Life ePub (Adobe DRM) download by David Shields

How Literature Saved My Life

eBookMall Preferred Publisher
Knopf
Publication date: February 2013
ISBN: 9780307961532
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
$13.99
Our price:
$11.99

You save: $2.00 (14%)
GET THIS EBOOK
FOR FREE!
Join our Facebook sweepstake, share and
get 10 likes. Winners
get notified in 24H!

“Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.” ––Whitney Otto

In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature.

Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal’s Pensées to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Renata Adler’s Speedboat to Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his “ridiculous” ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un-lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants “literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn’t lie about this––which is what makes it essential.”

A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.




From the Hardcover edition.
Please sign in to review this product.
Devices:
How Literature Saved My Life ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
2371 Kb
Language:
ENG
Copy From Text:
Disabled.
Printing:
Disabled.
Other books by David Shields
Salinger ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Shane Salerno
Salinger
Shane Salerno & David Shields
Simon & Schuster, September 2013
ISBN: 9781476744834
Format: ePub
Our price: $19.99
Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts ePub (Adobe DRM) download by David Shields
Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, "Found" Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts
David Shields & Matthew Vollmer
W. W. Norton & Company, October 2012
ISBN: 9780393341959
Format: ePub
List Price: $18.95 Our price: $16.99
Dead Languages ePub (Adobe DRM) download by David Shields
Dead Languages
David Shields
Graywolf Press, July 2011
ISBN: 9781555972745
Format: ePub
Our price: $9.99
The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Bradford Morrow
The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death
Bradford Morrow & David Shields
W. W. Norton & Company, February 2011
ISBN: 9780393339369
Format: ePub
List Price: $17.95 Our price: $15.99
Recently Viewed Products