The Death of Picasso: New and Selected Writing

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For The Death of Picasso, Guy Davenport has gathered 27 essays and stories from throughout his career. The whole stands as his choice of the pieces he would have us read today if we are curious about what he’s been up to all this time. The result is an exciting and invigorating selection, a testament to one of the prose masters at work today. As the Louisville Courier-Journal noted, "Guy Davenport has few peers. Who can match his broad erudition, his mastery of forms poetry, short fiction, essay, translation and his wizardry with language?"

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Davenport (Da Vinci's Bicycle), author, poet, critic and artist, has gathered 27 essays and stories (some never before published in book form) that span his career, and this collection shows him to be, above all, a masterful stylist. Like Ezra Pound and the Imagists, he uses precise, rhythmic and visual language. His writing is akin to a drawing or haiku, carefully composed and firmly structured, but the language is steeped in intertextuality. Historical, literary and classical allusions abound; in a single paragraph of the title piece, Davenport refers to Goya, Freud, Marcel Jousse, Daumier, van Gogh, Moliere, Alfred Jarry, Ionesco, Klee and Mozart, among others. His essays range from the history of birds in English and American literature ("Every Force Evolves a Form") to an anthropology of table manners, while his short stories tend to focus on historical figures, usually artists or philosophers, often with homoerotic or otherwise sexually charged undertones. Nearly all of his short stories and essays employ discrete paragraphs, either titled or numbered, forcing the reader to slow down and examine each sentence as if it were a poem unto itself. Davenport might fairly be compared to Donald Barthelme, another American author who fuses the high modernist tradition with postmodern collage. The author's fragmented, prismatic, allusive style and overpowering erudition shine through in this collection and that ought to please his fans, but the average reader is well advised to keep a set of encyclopedias on hand in order to digest this volume.
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Who knows where you'll end up once you venture into Davenport territory?^B A stellar stylist with a tantalizingly light touch, rarefied yet relaxed sense of humor, and deep insights into the literary and artistic greats he transforms into fictional characters or boon imaginary companions, Davenport writes with equal imagination and verve about the tanginess of an orange, the mystery of love, quantum physics, music, and a lashing rainstorm. And leave it to this prolific writer, artist, translator, and scholar to select 27 pieces from his rich and complex oeuvre, many never collected before, and assemble them into a dazzling collage neither introduced nor organized into categories. Readers are on their own as they enter scenes of erotic passion between young men or touchstone moments real or concocted in the lives of Kafka, Van Gogh, Thoreau, and other Davenport heroes. This endlessly intriguing gathering of stories and essays is a perfect introduction to this cosmopolitan yet earthy writer even as it offers fresh revelations to those already initiated into Davenport's alchemy. Donna Seaman
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Buchbeschreibung Shoemaker & Hoard. 2003. 379 p. Paperback. Artikel-Nr. 107346

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