Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

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University of Virginia Press
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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. His books include the memoirs An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic and The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million as well as three collections of essays and criticism, most recently Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones. He teaches literature at Bard College.

Classicist, historian, memoirist, cultural critic, wit--with consummate skill and the sharp, sympathetic eye of the poet Daniel Mendelsohn brilliantly combines these roles. Three Rings is a masterly exegesis and demonstration of digression as a high art.

--Joyce Carol Oates

Daniel Mendelsohn's Three Rings is erudition, essayism, and memoir, made to dance together like a visible clockworks-or literary scholarship such as Ricky Jay might have practiced it onstage. This little book is ruminative, humane and gorgeously precise.

--Jonathan Lethem

A book about telling stories that wanders down the seeming two roads of the Hebrew tradition and the Classical, which, like Proust's two ways, might turn out to be one way after all. Three Rings has the keeled force of a long poem.

--Sebastian Barry

Three Rings is a marvel, confirming Mendelsohn's position as one of the most important and original American writers of our time. Mendelsohn does something more commonly found in the most ingenious writers of fiction; his thought-provoking examination of the reworking of stories of wandering and exile, beginning with Homer, ending with Sebald, makes this exceptional work indispensable at a time when it is no longer possible to say "It couldn't happen here, now, again."

--Helen DeWitt