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These Possible Lives

(2017)
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Brief in the way a razor's slice is brief, remarkable essays by a peerless stylist

New Directions is proud to present Fleur Jaeggy's strange and mesmerizing essays about the writers Thomas De Quincey, John Keats, and Marcel Schwob. A renowned stylist of hyper-brevity in fiction, Fleur Jaeggy proves herself an even more concise master of the essay form, albeit in a most peculiar and lapidary poetic vein. Of De Quincey's early nineteenth-century world we hear of the habits of writers: Charles Lamb "spoke of 'Lilliputian rabbits' when eating frog fricassse"; Henry Fuseli "ate a diet of raw meat in order to obtain splendid dreams"; "Hazlitt was perceptive about musculature and boxers"; and "Wordsworth used a buttery knife to cut the pages of a first-edition Burke." In a book of "blue devils" and night visions, the Keats essay opens: "In 1803, the guillotine was a common child's toy." And poor Schwob's end comes as he feels "like a 'dog cut open alive'": "His face colored slightly, turning into a mask of gold. His eyes stayed open imperiously. No one could shut his eyelids. The room smoked of grief." Fleur Jaeggy's essays - or are they prose poems? - smoke of necessity: the pages are on fire.



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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: These Possible Lives
Author(s): Fleur Jaeggy
ISBN: 0-8112-2687-5 / 978-0-8112-2687-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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July 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: These Possible Lives
Author(s): Fleur Jaeggy
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA