Tell Me A Riddle And Yonnondio - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Tell Me A Riddle And Yonnondio - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 12/06/2008
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ONE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY'S MOST GIFTED AMERICAN WRITERS

'Tillie Olsen's is a unique voice. Few writers have gained such . . . reverence' MARGARET ATWOOD

'Almost unbearable in its harsh poetry and bitter fidelity to lives that are now forgotten' ALICE WALKER

'There's no diminishing its fierce bloody-and-literal-mindedness' KIRKUS REVIEWS

Tillie Olsen carved a permanent place in American literature on the strength of a single book, Tell Me a Riddle in 1962. This collection was widely hailed as a work of genius, in which the voices of ordinary Americans, black and white, male and female, were given their own rhythms and forms of expression.

Yonnondio, Olsen's only novel, was begun during the depression and completed in 1974. It tells the story of the Hollbrooks, an itinerant working-class family in America during the thirties. Brutalised by poverty, they struggle to find a space to breathe, to dream and to create a bettter life for their children. Told in compelling, haunting prose, it is a profound and timeless story of the human will to survive.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844085637
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 133 x 199 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Feminist author famous for helping aspiring women writers to find a voice - Guardian

Almost unbearable in its harsh poetry and bitter fidelity to lives that are now forgotten, or never known - Alice Walker

Tillie Olsen's is a unique voice. Few writers have gained such . . . reverence - Margaret Atwood

Charged with emotional detail and delivered with an attention to the rhythms of consciousness more rigorous and powerful than most of what is called realism - New York Times

There's no diminishing its fierce bloody-and-literal-mindedness - Kirkus Reviews

Almost unbearable in its harsh poetry and bitter fidelity to lives that are now forgotten, or never known - ALICE WALKER

Tillie Olsen's is a unique voice. Few writers have gained such ... reverence - MARGARET ATWOOD

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