Hell and Back: Reflections on Writers and Writing from Dante to Rushdie (Paperback)
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Hell and Back: Reflections on Writers and Writing from Dante to Rushdie (Paperback)

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In this brilliant collection of essays, Tim Parks, a celebrated novelist and master of the essay form, offers a wide range of wonderfully challenging and always provocative reflections on literature and the art of writing. Parks turns his attention to classic authors such as Dante, Leopardi, Borges, Beckett, and Christina Stead; contemporary writers including Vikram Seth and Salman Rushdie; and the late W. G. Sebald and Jos Saramago, along with a dozen others. The lead essay on Dante sets the tone for the entire collection: erudite, contemplative, witty, and meticulous, it constantly offers new insights into The Inferno, that most celebrated of all poems. In Hell and Back, Tim Parks reminds us just how exciting the essay form can be.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781611458848
Number of pages: 341
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 206 x 140 x 28 mm


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"Intriguing . . . erudite . . . Parks rewardingly finds himself returning often to the role of politics in art."
"[Tim Parks is] one of the most gifted writers of his generation." --Jonathan Yardley
"Parks is in his element. . . . It's a pleasure to read his pith-and-vinegar summaries of these authors' lives. One can't wait to go out and buy or reread the books he praises."
[Tim Parks is] one of the most gifted writers of his generation. --Jonathan Yardley
Parks is in his element. . . . It's a pleasure to read his pith-and-vinegar summaries of these authors' lives. One can't wait to go out and buy or reread the books he praises.
Intriguing . . . erudite . . . Parks rewardingly finds himself returning often to the role of politics in art.
Parks is in his element. . . . It s a pleasure to read his pith-and-vinegar summaries of these authors lives. One can t wait to go out and buy or reread the books he praises.

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