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

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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 José Saramago, along with a dozen others. The lead essay on Dante sets the tone for the ...
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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 José 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.
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Jonathan Yardley
“[Tim Parks is] one of the most gifted writers of his generation.”
Boston Globe
“Intriguing . . . erudite . . . Parks rewardingly finds himself returning often to the role of politics in art.”
Washington Times
“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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  • ISBN-13: 9781611458848
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,471,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Parks was born in Manchester, England, in 1954, grew up in London, and has lived in Italy since 1980. His novels include Europa, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and he is the author of several nonfiction accounts of life in Italy, including Italian Neighbors and An Italian Education. During his years in Italy, Parks has translated works by Italo Calvino, Roberto Calasso, Alberto Moravia, and Machiavelli. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, for which he blogs.
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