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You Do Understand [Paperback]

Andrej Blatnik

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Sept. 7 2010 Slovenian Literature Series

This collection of sharp, spare, occasionally absurd, cruel, touching miniatures addresses the fundamental difficulty we have in making the people we love understand what we want and need. Demonstrating that language and intimacy are as much barriers between human beings as ways of connecting them, Andrej Blatnik here provides us with a guided tour of the slips, misunderstandings, and blind alleys we each manage to fall foul of on a daily basis -- no closer to understanding the motives of our families, friends, lovers, or coworkers than we are those of a complete stranger... or, indeed, our own. Partly parables, partly fairy tales, partly sketches for novels that will never be written, You Do Understand is a perfect comedy of errors -- the errors of a species of talkers who've never learned how to listen.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785992
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,815,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the short-short story Aug. 31 2010
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Miniature stories--most only one or two pages long--that summarize the gist of a situation, relationship, character, or behavior in a way that a poem might. Although this and Blatnik's other previously translated work, Skinswaps, are only about a hundred page long, anything longer would become overwhelming, then boring. A lot happens in 50 stories, so You Do Understand has as much weight as a book three times its length. Recommended reading, especially for readers with heavy time constraints, who tend to avoid novels and even short stories become of time commitment, yet who want stories of consequence.

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