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Can't and Won't

(2014)
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Can't and Won't is the new collection from Lydia Davis, one of the greatest short story writers alive.

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2013

Lydia Davis has been universally acclaimed for the wit, insight and genre-defying formal inventiveness of her sparkling stories.

With titles like 'A Story of Stolen Salamis', 'Letters to a Frozen Pea Manufacturer', 'A Small Story About a Small Box of Chocolates', and 'Can't and Won't', the stories in this new collection illuminate particular moments in ordinary lives and find in them the humorous, the ironic and the surprising.

Above all the stories revel in and grapple with the joys and constraints of language - achieving always the extraordinary, unmatched precision which makes Lydia Davis one of the greatest contemporary writers on the international stage.

Praise for Lydia Davis:

'What stories. Precise and piercing, extremely funny. Nearly all are unlike anything you've ever read'Metro

'To read The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis is to be reminded of the grand, echoing mind-chambers created by Sebald or recent Coetzee. A writer of vast intelligence and originality' Independent on Sunday

'Among my most favourite writers. Read her now!' A. M. Homes

Lydia Davis is the author of Collected Stories, one novel and six short story collections, the most recent of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and her translations of modern writers, including Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Proust. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

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April 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Can't and Won't
Author(s): Lydia Davis
ISBN: 0-241-14664-X / 978-0-241-14664-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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April 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Can't and Won't: Stories
Author(s): Lydia Davis
ISBN: 0-374-11858-2 / 978-0-374-11858-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Can't and Won't: Stories
Author(s): Lydia Davis
ISBN: 1-250-06243-8 / 978-1-250-06243-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Can't and Won't
Author(s): Lydia Davis
ISBN: 0-241-96808-9 / 978-0-241-96808-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Can't and Won't: Stories
Author(s): Lydia Davis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Can't and Won't
Author(s): Lydia Davis
Publisher: Penguin
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