Both Flesh and Not

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Penguin Group Australia, Oct 24, 2012 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Brilliant, dazzling, never-before-collected non-fiction, by the legendary David Foster Wallace

Beloved for his wonderfully discerning eye, his verbal elasticity and his uniquely generous imagination, David Foster Wallace was heralded by critics and fans as the voice of a generation. Collected in Both Flesh and Not are fifteen essays published for the first time in book form.

From 'Federer Both Flesh and Not', considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece; to 'The (As it Were) Seminal Importance of Terminator 2,' which deftly dissects James Cameron's blockbuster; to 'Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young', an examination of television's effect on a new generation of writers, David Foster Wallace's writing swoops from erudite literary discussion to open-hearted engagement with the most familiar of our twentieth-century cultural references.

A celebration of David Foster Wallace's great loves - for language, for precision, for meaning - and a feast of enjoyment for his fans, Both Flesh and Not is a fitting tribute to this writer who was never concerned with anything less important than what it means to be alive.

Praise for David Foster Wallace:

'A visionary, a craftsman, a comedian . . . he's in a different time-space continuum from the rest of us.' Zadie Smith

'Wallace's essays brim with cerebral energy, acute observation and fizzing wit. Enviably good.' Sunday Times

'A prose magician . . . He could map the infinite and infinitesimal, the mythic and mundane.' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times


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About the author (2012)

David Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System, and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More and This Is Water. Wallace was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Writers' Award. He died in 2008.

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