The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories

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In The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories, a blend of essay, fiction and literary genealogy, Ivan Vladislavic explores the problems and potentials of the fictions he could not bring himself to write. Drawing from his notebooks, he records here a range of ideas for stories—unsettled accounts, or case studies of failure—and examines where they came from and why they eluded him. In the process, he reveals some of the principles that matter to him as a writer, and pays tribute to the writers—such as Walser, Perec, Sterne and DeLillo—who have been important to him. An extraordinary book about both the nature of novels and the process of writing, The Loss Library, which includes twelve collages by Sunandini Banerjee that were specially created to accompany each of the stories in the collection, explores the magical experience of breathing life into a new work of fiction.

  • Pages: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 6 x 9.5 in