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Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction (utgåvan 1997)

av Charles Baxter (Författare)

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Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles Baxter As much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers,Burning Down the Househas been enjoyed by readers and taught in classrooms for more than a decade. Readers are rewarded with thoughtful analysis, humorous one-liners, and plenty of brushfires that continue burning long after the book is closed.… (mer)
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Titel:Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
Författare:Charles Baxter (Författare)
Info:Graywolf Press (1997), Edition: First Edition, 245 pages
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The best book of essays on the art and craft of fiction I've read. I expect to read it again. Smart and engaging on the highest level. ( )
  Carrie_Etter | Nov 28, 2020 |
In "Burning Down the House" Charles Baxter offers some insightful essays, not so much on the craft of writing directly as the quotes on the back of the back would have you believe, but a nuanced look at different aspects in writing from stillness to double voicing to epiphanies. I found Baxter's wit and clear understanding of the written word engaging and thought provoking. If you're looking for a strictly how-to craft of writing book this isn't it but it's well worth reading to deepen your understanding of literature and gain a new appreciation for Donald Barthelme. ( )
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
It isn't often I read a book of essays that change my life. I can think of a handful: Benjamin's Illuminations, Kracauer's Theory of Film, Buber's I and Thou... and now this, a selection of work about the nature and practice of writing that, having read, I am now signed on to re-read every so often from now... on.

I was particularly struck by the opening piece on dysfunctional narratives. Has there ever been a more appropriate time to read an essay on the damaging effects of victimless rhetoric? Arguments like the ones Baxter makes in this essay do more than just enlighten various aspects of the craft of writing, they underscore its importance. A point I have so easily forgotten working alone before a blank page. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
It isn't often I read a book of essays that change my life. I can think of a handful: Benjamin's Illuminations, Kracauer's Theory of Film, Buber's I and Thou... and now this, a selection of work about the nature and practice of writing that, having read, I am now signed on to re-read every so often from now... on.

I was particularly struck by the opening piece on dysfunctional narratives. Has there ever been a more appropriate time to read an essay on the damaging effects of victimless rhetoric? Arguments like the ones Baxter makes in this essay do more than just enlighten various aspects of the craft of writing, they underscore its importance. A point I have so easily forgotten working alone before a blank page. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
A thought-provoking and surprisingly readable collection of essays on the craft of writing. ( )
  annemlanderson | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles Baxter As much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers,Burning Down the Househas been enjoyed by readers and taught in classrooms for more than a decade. Readers are rewarded with thoughtful analysis, humorous one-liners, and plenty of brushfires that continue burning long after the book is closed.

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