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Lydia Davis, a professor of Creative Writing, has published several volumes of short stories and a novel, The End of the Story (1995). She has also translated classic works of French literature and philosophy, including Swann's Way by Marcel Proust and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. She has won many major American writing awards and her work is included in several anthologies. In 1999, she was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her translations. She was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and in 2013 won the Man Booker International Prize.

Lydia Davis (Massachusetts, 1947), momenteel professor creative writing aan de universiteit van Albany, heeft negen verhalenbundels en één roman (The End of the Story, 1995) gepubliceerd. Haar verhalen zijn kort (twee tot drie pagina’s) en ultrakort (twee tot drie zinnen). Volgens de jury heeft haar werk de beknoptheid en de precisie van poëzie. Haar inventieve en zorgvuldig geschreven verhalen kunnen net zo goed miniaturen worden genoemd, of anekdotes, essays, grappen, parabels, fabels, teksten, aforismen of zelfs spreuken. Eenzelfde zorgvuldigheid kenmerkt ook haar vertalingen van Franse literatuur en filosofie, van onder meer Du côté de chez Swann van Marcel Proust en Madame Bovary van Gustave Flaubert.

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