Lydia Davis's books include a novel, The End of the Story
(1995), four full-length story collections—Varieties of Disturbance
(2007), Samuel Johnson Is Indignant
(2002), Almost No Memory
(1997), and Break It Down
(1986)—and several small-press and limited-edition volumes. Davis works as a translator of French literature and philosophy, and is well known for her translation of Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann
, which earned her wide critical acclaim. Her other translations include books by Gustav Flaubert, Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Jean Jouve, and Michel Leiris. She has won many of the major American writing awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship for fiction, and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. She was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.