Suppose a Sentence, Brian Dillon

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"I chose three books by authors with whom I am or have been in conversation around writing and art. This particular selection of books are all notable in their openness, ambitiousness, and generosity. They celebrate their literary predecessors and colleagues while charting exhilarating and individual courses. They speak of influence, and pleasure in the language of others, and acknowledge the broad patina of intellectual and physical experience which form an artist, a writer and a text." - Nominated by Niamh O'Malley

 

In Suppose a Sentence, Brian Dillon turns his attention to the oblique and complex pleasures of the sentence. A series of essays prompted by a single sentence – from Shakespeare to Gertrude Stein, John Ruskin to Joan Didion – the book explores style, voice, and language, along with the subjectivity of reading. Both an exercise in practical criticism and a set of experiments or challenges, Suppose a Sentence is a polemical and personal reflection on the art of the sentence in literature. Whether the sentence in question is a rigorous expression of a state of vulnerability, extremity, even madness, or a carefully calibrated arrangement, Dillon examines not only how it works and why but also, in the course of the book, what the sentence once was, what it is today, and what it might become tomorrow.

Paperback
200pp. | 130 x 197 mm
Design: Ray O’Meara
Typeset: Fitzcarraldo
Printed: TJ International
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Fitzcarraldo Editions is an independent publisher specialising in contemporary fiction and long-form essays. Founded in 2014, it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language. The series, designed by Ray O’Meara, are published as paperback originals with French flaps, using a custom serif typeface (called Fitzcarraldo). Fitzcarraldo Editions publishes, among other authors, 2015 and 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature laureates Svetlana Alexievich and Olga Tokarczuk.