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- DescriptionNot writing is always a relief and sometimes a pleasure. Writing about what cant be written, by contrast, is the devil's own job. In this unusual text, a blend of essay, fiction, and literary genealogy, South African velist Ivan Vladislavic explores the problems and potentials of the fictions he could t bring himself to write. Drawing from his tebooks of the past twenty years, Vladislavic records here a range of ideas for stories - unsettled accounts, he calls them, or case studies of failure - and examines where they came from and why they eluded him. In the process, he reveals some of the principles that matter to him as a writer, and pays tribute to the writers - such as Walser, Perec, Sterne, and DeLillo - who have been important to him as both a reader and an author. At the heart of the text, like a brightly lit room in a field of debris, stands Vladislavic's Loss Library itself, the shelves laden with books that have never been written. On the page, Vladislavic tells us, every loss may yet be recovered. An extraordinary book about both the nature of vels and the process of writing, The Loss Library will appeal to anyone seeking to understand the almost magical and mythical experience of breathing life into a new work of fiction.
- Author BiographyIvan Vladislavic is the author of The Folly, The Restless Supermarket, The Exploded View, and Double Negative. Sunandini Banerjee is an editor, translator, and graphic designer who lives and works in Calcutta.
- Author(s)Ivan Vladislavic
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication10/01/2012
- Series TitleThe Africa List
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Content Note22 colour plates
- Weight426 g
- Width163 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Illustrator(s)Sunandini Banerjee
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