Essayism, Paperback / softback Book

Essayism Paperback / softback



Imagine a type of writing so hard to define its very name means a trial, effort or attempt.

An ancient form with an eye on the future, a genre poised between tradition and experiment.

The essay wants above all to wander, but also to arrive at symmetry and wholeness; it nurses competing urges to integrity and disarray, perfection and fragmentation, confession and invention.

How to write about essays and essayists while staying true to these contradictions?

ESSAYISM is a personal, critical and polemical book about the genre, its history and contemporary possibilities.

It's an example of what it describes: an essay that is curious and digressive, exacting yet evasive, a form that would instruct, seduce and mystify in equal measure.

Among the essayists to whom he pays tribute - from Virginia Woolf to Georges Perec, Joan Didion to Sir Thomas Browne - Brian Dillon discovers a path back into his own life as a reader, and out of melancholia to a new sense of writing as adventure.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9781910695418



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