Break It Down. Lydia Davis.
Break It Down

Break It Down. Stories by Lydia Davis

New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's burgundy cloth over gray paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, upper board blindstamped, original pictorial dust jacket.

First edition of award-winning writer and translator Davis's first regularly published collection of quizzical, formally inventive short stories, many of them variations on the theme of people's obdurate inability to understand one another or themselves. "She and her husband are so nervous that throughout their conversation they keep going into the bathroom, closing the door, and using the toilet. Then they come out and light a cigarette. He goes in and urinates and leaves the toilet seat up and she goes in and lowers it and urinates. Toward the end of the afternoon, they stop talking about the divorce and start drinking" (from "Visit to Her Husband"). Several of the stories published here first appeared in two prior collections issued by small presses in limited editions: The Thirteenth Woman (1976) and Story and Other Stories (1983). Author photo by Marion Ettlinger. Unclipped dust jacket with bookseller's price sticker to front flap; boards slightly sunned along top edges, with lower corners banged. Near fine. Item #626


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