Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lydia Davis Wins the 2013 Man Booker International Prize

I tend not to track awards. However, the Man Booker International Prize is for the full scope of a body of work, rather than a single book. I have written about Lydia Davis from time to time on this site, most recently in awe of her command of the use of the future perfect tense. As far as I am concerned, it is almost impossible to encounter a writer these days with an appreciation for the subtleties of verb grammar. Indeed, it is through the precision of her grammatical construction that Davis can often say so much with so few words in an age in which most writers seem to view logorrhoea as a selling point. I am glad that at least one award-giving committee recognizes the virtues of her work.

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