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Making an Elephant

ISBN: 9780307455758 | 0307455750
Edition: 1st
Format: Trade Paper
Publisher: Vintage
Pub. Date: 5/4/2010

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In his first-ever work of nonfiction, the Booker Prizewinning author of such acclaimed novels asWaterlandandLast Ordersgives us a highly personal book: a singular and open-spirited account of a writer's life. As generous in its scope as it is acute in its observations,Making an Elephantbrings together a richly varied selection of essays, portraits, poetry and interviews, full of insights into Graham Swift's passions and motivations, and wise about the friends, family and other writers who have mattered to him over the years. Kazuo Ishiguro advises on how to choose a guitar; Salman Rushdie arrives for Christmas under guard; Caryl Phillips shares a beer with the author at a nightclub in Toronto. There are private moments with his father and with his own younger self, as well as musings on history, memory and imagination that illuminate the work of a writer who, in his fiction, regards it as "a mark of achievement" when his own voice and presence vanish into his characters. A journey through place and time, conversation, encounters and ideas,Making an Elephantbrims with charm and candor, an alertness to experience and a true engagement with wordsin short, with what it means to believe that writing and reading are an essential part of living.

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