Letters to His Neighbor

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About the Author
"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics," said Marcel Proust, one of the most admired and important writers of the twentieth century.

Lydia Davis was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and educated at Barnard College. Her novels and short stories have received numerous awards, including the Whiting Foundation Writers' Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her collection, Varieties of Disturbance: Stories was a National Book Award finalist. She has also produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Proust's Swann's Way and Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Davis is one of only three authors to have their work featured in the Best American Short Stories and the Best American Poetry series.

Like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of Qumran... twenty-six of Proust's letters to his upstairs neighbor, written over a decade during the composition of In Search of Lost Time, will delight any Proustian and will tide the faithful over until new relics come to light.-- "Rain Taxi"
One wonders if the headaches of apartment living might even have inspired him, as a worthy enemy might goad one to action.-- "Harper's Magazine"
Lydia Davis's translation gives one a feeling similar to that of encountering an old master painting that has just been cleaned. Exhilarating.-- "Publishers Weekly"