The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings

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$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Pages
304
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374605568
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About the Author

Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of many books, including Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It, Zona, See/Saw, and the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism). A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dyer lives in Los Angeles, where he is a writer in residence at the University of Southern California. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Reviews

Dyer's mix of sparkling prose, rich insight, and mordant wit suggests that a well-lived life is worth even the bitterest of endings. It makes for a smart, memorable take. --Publishers Weekly

"Tennis, jazz, Dylan, movies, drugs, Nietzsche, Beethoven. So why am I laughing? Because Geoff Dyer once again melds commentary and observation with intellect and wit. Bouncing between criticism and memoir, Dyer is one of the few writers whose paragraphs I can immediately reread and get more from. The twists, turns, and delights abound, and when you finally put the book down you think, 'Oh, yes, I've always been this smart, haven't I?'" --Steve Martin

More than its title would suggest, The Last Days of Roger Federer is an engaging series of meditations on mental and physical sunsets in the lives of painters, musicians, philosophers, poets, boxers, and of course tennis players. Dyer the stylist is at the top of his game here, serving up conundrums, paradoxes, logical binds, and other cerebral delights. Even his syntax is witty. This generous offering of Dyer's insightful, often hilarious, take on art, life, and sports is a feast for his readers. --Billy Collins, former United States Poet Laureate

Just like Roger Federer's backhand Geoff Dyer's swing is a thing of beauty, complete with his signature follow through. He captures so much, touches so much and amuses the while. This form-blending book is extremely smart, wise, and simply plain fun. I am smarter for having read it. This is a great book. --Percival Everett, author of The Trees

Who can make the world new again like Geoff Dyer? For the low low price of a book, he will rearrange the art on the walls of your memory so that you might see it again, as if for the first time. The Last Days of Roger Federer is an inspired cultural and personal mediation as well as an unsurprising delight. To read it is to feel relief that, despite Dyer's contention that his life's theme is 'giving up, ' he hasn't. --Sloane Crosley, author of Look Alive Out There

Sumptuous, wide-ranging, streetwise, and precise, The Last Days of Roger Federer is a glorious ode to tennis, the arts, late style, and life itself. Full of surprises, hard truths, and deep feeling, this is a work like none other. Time remains undefeated, and yet Geoff Dyer's beautiful, unsparing book feels like it can go toe-to-toe with it--from the baseline or the net. An essential read. --Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey and Living Weapon

The Last Days of Roger Federer showcases Geoff Dyer's gifts as one of the most distinctive writers of our times. Whether he's writing about tennis, Nietzsche, Burning Man or growing old, Dyer brings such impeccable observation, original intelligence, and laugh-out-loud wit to the page that you want to keep on reading more--the perfect quality for a book about endings. --Maya Jasanoff, professor at Harvard University and author of The Dawn Watch

Most authors use language to write about things. Geoff Dyer uses things to write about language. He's a clever clogs but he's one of us at the same time. Genius. --Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom