New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986.
First Edition. Hardcover.
Signed by the author on the title page. First Edition, First Printing. Author's first work produced by a major publisher. Davis is winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for her body of work.
From the publisher: The thirty-four stories in this seminal collection powerfully display what have become Lydia Davis's trademarks--dexterity, brevity, understatement, and surprise.
Although the certainty of her prose suggests a world of almost clinical reason and clarity, her characters show us that life, thought, and language are full of disorder. Break It Down is Davis at her best. In the words of Jonathan Franzen, she is a "magician of self-consciousness."Item #901140
5-5/8 x 8-3/8", quarter plum cloth, grey paper over boards, green printed endpapers, 177pp.
Very fine in fine lightly rubbed price-intact dust wrapper with light gouge rear panel, in protective mylar.