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The Genius of Language: Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongues

Fifteen Writers Reflect on Their Mother Tongue

Wendy Lesser

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Beschreibung

"Intimate, entertaining and thoughtful. . . . It is impossible to do do justice to all of the outstanding essays in this volume." --
San Francisco Chronicle“Charming, moving and funny reflections on childhood, family, nationality, and ethnicity as well as language. . . . Genuinely transporting” --
The New York Sun “Eloquently explores the links between childhood and language.” —
Chicago Tribune"Provides readers not just with a peak inside the heads of these dazzling writers, but a trip to each of their homelands, from Russia to Italy to Chile."
--Condé
Nast Traveler“This delightful collection É vividly recounts the process that anyone who loves words goes through: the process of falling under the spell of language’s seemingly infinite potential.” --
Publishers Weekly “Intimate, entertaining and thoughtful É this volume provides fascinating insight into the way that grappling with language is a way people also grapple with life.” --
San Francisco Chronicle“This is a collection that should heighten anyone’s awareness of the potential and the limitation of the English language.” --
San Jose Mercury News“Ms. Lesser’s contemporary Conrads — writers who write in English though it’s not their first language — have delivered charming, moving and funny reflections on childhood, family, nationality, and ethnicity as well as language.” --
New York Sun“I laughed and cried over this collection of stories embracing the English language. {One of the 25 best books of 2004}.” -
-Seattle Times and Post- Intelligencer “A rich and surprising book brimming with love of culture and respect of language.” --
Tucson Citizen“Powerful for their brevity É the richness and the range of the collection make this a valuable anthology.” --
Kliatt (Massachusetts) “This collection of essays is fascinating.” –
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Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of four previous books. Her reviews and essays appear in major newspapers and magazines across the country. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 1997 she received the Morton Dauwen Zaub Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and son.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 256
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2005
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4000-3323-2
Verlag Vintage USA
Maße (L/B/H) 20.6/13.4/1.7 cm
Gewicht 249 g

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  • Introduction Wendy Lesser

    BANGLA

    The Way Back Bharati Mukherjee

    CHINESE

    Yes and No Amy Tan

    CZECH

    Trouble with Language Josef Skvorecky

    DUTCH

    Circus Biped Bert Keizer

    FRENCH

    French Without Tears Luc Sante

    GERMAN

    Prelude Thomas Laqueur

    GIKUYU

    Recovering the Original Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    GREEK

    Split Self Nicholas Papandreou

    ITALIAN

    Limpid, Blue, Poppy M. J. Fitzgerald

    KOREAN

    Personal and Singular Ha-yun Jung

    POLISH

    On Being an Orphaned Writer Louis Begley

    RUSSIAN

    The Mother Tongue Between Two Slices of Rye Gary Shteyngart

    SCOTS

    Boswell and Mrs. Miller James Campbell

    SPANISH

    Footnotes to a Double Life Ariel Dorfman

    YIDDISH

    My Yiddish Leonard Michaels

    About the Contributors