David Foster Wallace's last and most ambitious undertaking The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival Wallace learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate what little humanity and dignity the work still has.
Imagined with the interior force and generosity that were David Foster Wallace's unique gifts, The Pale King grapples directly with ultimate questions - life's meaning, the value of work, the importance of connection - and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.
'Overflows with Wallace's humour, compassion and, above all, his rolling, powerful, crashingly beautiful prose.' Sunday Times 'Anyone who has read Wallace will know the thrilling, intimate experience of following one of his giant held breaths of attention and feeling it fill your mind with thoughts that feel like your own.' Sunday Age 'One of the saddest and most lovely books I've ever read . . . D.F.W. writes sentences and sometimes whole pages that make you feel like you can't breathe . . . Let's state this clearly: You should read The Pale King.' Esquire 'I started to think in Wallace-style sentences, and started to think that Wallace-style senteces are in fact the only sensible way of describing the world.' Sunday Times
Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected non-fiction, by the legendary David Foster Wallace Beloved for his wonderfully discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected in Both Flesh and Not are fifteen essays published for the first time in book form.
From 'Federer Both Flesh and Not', considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; to 'The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2,' which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; to 'Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young', an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers, David Foster Wallace's writing swoops from erudite literary discussion to open-hearted engagement with the most familiar of our twentieth-century cultural references.
A celebration of David Foster Wallace's great loves - for language, for precision, for meaning - and a feast of enjoyment for his fans, Both Flesh and Not is a fitting tribute to this writer who was never concerned with anything less important than what it means to be alive.
Praise for David Foster Wallace:
'A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian . . . he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us.' Zadie Smith 'Wallace's essays brim with cerebral energy, acute observation and fizzing wit. Enviably good.' Sunday Times 'A prose magician . . . He could map the infinite and infinitesimal, the mythic and mundan.' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
« Faire de quelqu'un une icône, c'est le transformer en abstraction, et les abstractions sont incapables d'une communication vitale avec les vivants. »
Le premier tome de Considérations sur le homard (L'Olivier, 2018) réunissait les textes de David Foster Wallace consacrés à la politique et à la société américaines. Ce second volume rassemble ses essais sur la littérature, le langage et la communication.
Qu'il analyse l'humour existentiel de Kafka, qu'il règle son compte aux « écrivains narcissiques » et aux autobiographies de stars du sport ou qu'il dresse le portrait d'un célèbre animateur de radio obsédé par l'affaire O.J Simpson, l'auteur de L'Infinie Comédie continue de nous éblouir par son humour, sa curiosité et surtout sa créativité, qui semble ne connaître aucune limite.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Jakuta Alikavazovic
Traduit de l'anglais (tats-Unis) par Francis KerlineL'Amrique, dans un futur proche.Les U.S.A., le Canada et le Mexique ont form une fdration surpuissante, et la Socit du Spectacle a gagn : les habitants ne vivent plus qu' travers la tlvision, les mdicaments, l'ultra-consommation et le culte de l'excellence. Parmi eux, la famille Incandenza, avec les parents James et Avril et leurs trois fils - dont Hal, un tennisman surdou promis un brillant avenir. Mais de dangereux sparatistes qubcois, en luttecontre la fdration, traquent cette famille singulire pour mettre la main sur une arme redoutable : L'Infinie Comdie, une vido ralise par James Incandenza, qui suscite chez ceux qui la regardent une addiction mortelle...Livre culte ds sa parution aux tats-Unis en 1996, ce texte prophtique a fascin ses lecteurs dans le monde entier. Considr comme l'un des cent meilleurs romans du XXe sicle, L'Infinie Comdie est enfin publi en France.
David Foster Wallace n'était pas qu'un grand romancier. C'était aussi un essayiste chez qui l'humour côtoyait une lucidité redoutable.
Ce premier tome de Considérations sur le homard regroupe les textes qu'il a consacrés à la société américaine. Qu'il raconte les " Oscars du porno ", la campagne présidentielle de John McCain, le 11-Septembre vu depuis l'Illinois, ou la souffrance du homard plongé dans l'eau bouillante, il ne fait, en somme, qu'une seule chose : nous parler de l'Amérique folle et inquiétante dans laquelle il a vécu, et de l'enfer hilare des temps contemporains.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Jakuta Alikavazovic
Lors de la tournée promotionnelle d'Infinite Jest, le chefd'oeuvre qui va lui conférer une gloire mondiale, David Foster Wallace digresse sur son époque - télévision, littérature, célébrité, sport, addictions. Audelà d'un entretien, une passionnante confession, intime et artistique.
Cambridge, 1989. David Foster Wallace et son ami de fac Mark Costello découvrent qu'ils partagent le même enthousiasme « un peu inconfortable, quelque peu furtif, et très distinctement blanc » pour le rap. Prenant conscience avant tout le monde de l'ampleur du mouvement culturel, social et esthétique qui émerge, ils en tirent un livre qui définit les bipolarités du pop et du rap, entre rébellion et acceptation, extravagance et délinquance, critique et parodie. Ce sera un de leurs premiers livres, qui annonce le génie précurseur de leur oeuvre.
In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as the best mind of his generation considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.
In addition to Wallaces last interview, the volume features a conversation with Dave Eggers, a revealing Q&A with the magazine of his alma mater Amherst, his famous Salon interview with Laura Miller following the publication of Infinite Jest, and more.
These conversations showcase and illuminate the traits for which Wallace remains so beloved: his incomparable humility and enormous erudition, his wit, sensitivity, and humanity. As he eloquently describes his writing process and motivations, displays his curiosity by time and again turning the tables on his interviewers, and delivers thoughtful, idiosyncratic views on literature, politics, entertainment and discipline, and the state of modern America, a fuller picture of this remarkable mind is revealed.
The Pale King is David Foster Wallace's final novel - a testament to his enduring brilliance The Internal Revenue Service Regional Examination Centre in Peoria, Illinois, 1985. Here the minutaie of a million daily lives are totted up, audited and accounted for. Here the workers fight a never-ending war against the urgency of their own boredom. Here then, squeezed between the trivial and the quotidian, lies all human life. And this is David Foster Wallace's towering, brilliant, hilarious and deeply moving final novel.
'Breathtakingly brilliant, funny, maddening and elegiac' New York Times 'A bravura performance worthy of Woolf or Joyce. Wallace's finest work as a novelist' Time 'Light-years beyond Infinite Jest. Wallace's reputation will only grow, and like one of the broken columns beloved of Romantic painters, The Pale King will stand, complete in its incompleteness, as his most substantial fictional achievement' Hari Kunzru, Financial Times 'A paradise of language and intelligence' The Times 'Archly brilliant' Metro 'Teems with erudition and ideas, with passages of stylistic audacity, with great cheerful thrown-out gags, goofy puns and moments of truly arresting clarity. Innovative, penetrating, forcefully intelligent fiction like Wallace's arrives once in a generation, if that' Daily Telegraph 'In a different dimension to the tepid vapidities that pass as novels these days. Sentence for sentence, almost word for word, Wallace could out-write any of his peers' Scotland on Sunday David Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System, and the short-story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Girl with Curious Hair. His non-fiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More, This is Water and Both Flesh and Not. He died in 2008.
Both Flesh and Not is an collection of essays and writing from the virtuosic genius David Foster Wallace Beloved for his brilliantly discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected here are fifteen essays published for the first time in book form, including writing never published before in the UK.
From 'Federer Both Flesh and Not', considered by many to be his non-fiction masterpiece; to 'The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2,' which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; to 'Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young', an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers, the writing collected here swoops from erudite literary discussion to open-hearted engagement with the most familiar of our twentieth-century cultural references.
A celebration of Wallace's great loves - for language, for precision, for meaning - and a feast of enjoyment for his fans, Both Flesh and Not is a fitting tribute to this writer who was never concerned with anything less important than what it means to be alive.
Praise for David Foster Wallace:
'A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian . . . he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us' Zadie Smith 'Wallace's essays brim with cerebral energy, acute observation and fizzing wit. Enviably good' Sunday Times 'Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight . . . a superb comedian of culture' Guardian, James Wood David Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System, and the short-story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Girl with Curious Hair. His non-fiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More, This is Water and Both Flesh and Not. He died in 2008.
A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian ... He can do anything with a piece of prose, and it is a humbling experience to see him go to work on what has passed up till now as 'modern fiction'. He's so modern he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us. Goddamn him' ZADIE SMITH A recognised master of form and a brilliant recorder of human behaviour, David Foster Wallace has been hailed as 'the most significant writer of his generation' (TLS). Each new book confirms and extends his genius, and this new short story collection is no exception. In the stories that make up OBLIVION, David Foster Wallace conjoins the rawest, most naked humanity with the infinite convolutions of self-consciousness - a combination that is dazzlingly, uniquely his.
'Wallace's talent is such that you can't help wondering: how good can he get?' TIME OUT
In February 2000, "Rolling Stone" magazine sent David Foster Wallace, "NOT A POLITICAL JOURNALIST, " on the road for a week with Senator John McCain's campaign to win the Republican nomination for the Presidency. They wanted to know why McCain appealed so much to so many Americans, and particularly why he appealed to the "Young Voters" of America who generally show nothing but apathy.
The "Director's Cut" (three times longer than the RS article) is an incisive, funny, thoughtful piece about life on "Bullshit One" -- the nickname for the press bus that followed McCain's Straight Talk Express.
This piece becomes ever more relevant, as we discuss what we know, don't know, and don't want to know about the way our political campaigns work.
Is John McCain "For Real?" That's the question David Foster Wallace set out to explore when he first climbed aboard Senator McCain's campaign caravan in February 2000. It was a moment when Mccain was increasingly perceived as a harbinger of change, the anticandidate whose goal was "to inspire young Americans to devote themselves to causes greater than their own self-interest." And many young Americans were beginning to take notice.
To get at "something riveting and unspinnable and true" about John Mccain, Wallace finds he must pierce the smoke screen of spin doctors and media manipulators. And he succeeds-in a characteristically potent blast of journalistic brio that not only captures the lunatic rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign but also delivers a compelling inquiry into John McCain himself: the senator, the POW, the campaign finance reformer, the candidate, the man.
The David Foster Wallace Reader is a selection of David Foster Wallace's work, introducing readers to his humour, kindness, sweeping intellect and versatility as a writer.
A compilation from the one of the most original writers of our age, featuring:
Â· the very best of his fiction and non-fiction;
Â· previously unpublished writing Â· and original contributions from 12 prominent authors and critics about his work From classic short fiction to genre-defining reportage, this book is a must for new readers and confirmed David Foster Wallace fans alike'One of the most dazzling luminaries of contemporary American fiction' Sunday Times 'There are times, reading his work, when you get halfway through a sentence and gasp involuntarily, and for a second you feel lucky that there was, at least for a time, someone who could make sense like no other of what it is to be a human in our era' Daily Telegraph 'A prose magician, Mr. Wallace was capable of writing . . .about subjects from tennis to politics to lobsters, from the horrors of drug withdrawal to the small terrors of life aboard a luxury cruise ship, with humour and fervour and verve' Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times David Foster Wallace wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System and three story collections. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again. He died in 2008.
Where do you begin with a writer as original and brilliant as David Foster Wallace? Here: with a carefully considered selection from his extraordinary body of work, chosen by a range of fellow writers, critics, and those who worked with him most closely. This volume presents both his funniest and his most heart-breaking work - essays such as his classic cruise-ship piece, 'A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again', excerpts from his novels The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, and The Pale King, and legendary stories like 'The Depressed Person'. Collected for the first time are Wallace's first published story, 'The View from Planet Trillaphon as Seen In Relation to the Bad Thing' and a selection of his work as a professor of writing, including reading lists, grammar guides and the unique general guidelines he wrote for his students.A dozen writers and critics, including Hari Kunzru, Anne Fadiman, and Nam Le, add afterwords to favourite pieces, expanding our appreciation of the unique pleasures of Wallace's writing. The result is an astonishing volume that shows the breadth and range of 'one of the most dazzling luminaries of contemporary American fiction' (Sunday Times) whose work was full of humour, insight, and beauty.
Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion? The speech captures Wallace's electric intellect as well as his grace in attention to others. After his death, it became a treasured piece of writing reprinted in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, commented on endlessly in blogs, and emailed from friend to friend. Writing with his one-of-a-kind blend of causal humor, exacting intellect, and practical philosophy, David Foster Wallace probes the challenges of daily living and offers advice that renews us with every reading.