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The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings (Hardback)Geoff Dyer (author)
Written in Dyer's distinctive, quixotic prose, The Last Days of Roger Federer takes the great tennis player's twilight years as a jumping off point to explore late flowerings of artistic and intellectual genius and asks what really defines the final segment of a long-lived career.
Much attention has been paid to so-called late style - but what about last style? When does last begin? How early is late? When does the end set in?
In this endlessly stimulating investigation, Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last achievements of writers, painters, athletes and musicians who've mattered to him throughout his life. With a playful charm and penetrating intelligence, he examines Friedrich Nietzsche's breakdown in Turin, Bob Dylan's reinventions of old songs, J.W. Turner's paintings of abstracted light, John Coltrane's cosmic melodies, Jean Rhys's return from the dead (while still alive) and Beethoven's final quartets - and considers the intensifications and modifications of experience that come when an ending is within sight. Oh, and there's stuff about Roger Federer and tennis too.
This book on last things - written while life as we know it seemed to be coming to an end - is also about how to go on living with art and beauty, on the entrancing effect and sudden illumination that an Art Pepper solo or an Annie Dillard reflection can engender in even the most jaded sensibilities. Blending criticism, memoir and repartee into something entirely new, The Last Days of Roger Federer is a summation of Dyer's passions and the perfect introduction to his sly and joyous work.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm
'Quite possibly the best living writer in Britain' - Daily Telegraph
'A national treasure' - Zadie Smith
'Brilliant... Dyer's eyes miss nothing' - Observer
'Dyer is not merely a fine prose stylist but a writer of knowingly stylish prose' - Stuart Kelly, Scotsman
'There's no other writer quite like Dyer' - Time
'Inspiring and informing' - Guardian
'Even Chekhov might have envied Geoff Dyer's talent... Almost perfect' - Spectator
'Geoff Dyer is a true original - one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight' - William Boyd
'Illuminating' - Financial Times
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