|So many books
Gabriel Zaid, Natasha Wimmer (transl)
|“With cascades of books pouring down from every direction, how can the twenty-first-century reader keep his head above water?
Gabriel Zaid answers that question in a variety of surprising ways, many of them very witty, all of them provocative.” This praise by Anne Fadiman, herself a fine writer (Ex Libris and The spirit catches you and you fall down) was an extra stimulus to read this handsome little book.
Indeed, how does one cope with the limitations of reading compared to the yearly avalanche of new books? Not to mention the enormous amount of ancient treasures?
Zaid gives some surprising answers, taking away some of the anxiety of the common reader, but in the meantime adding new ones… This book of essays (they seem to have been published in a periodical first) is thought-provoking stuff for readers, writers, editors and booksellers alike.
To make things more agreeable still: this is a very nicely made hardback edition.
Read more about it here.