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The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel - Wood, James
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When James Wood's first collection of essays, The Broken Estate, was published in 1999, the reviewers hailed a master critic. The common thread in Wood's latest collection of essays is what makes us laugh - and the book is an attempt to distinguish between the perhaps rather limited English comedy (as seen in Waugh, for example) and a 'continental' tragic-comedy, which he sees as real, universal and quixotic. A particularly acerbic, and very funny, essay - which has been widely celebrated - deals with Zadie Smith, Rushdie, ...

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The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel 2005, Picador USA, New York

ISBN-13: 9780312424602

Trade paperback

The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel 2005, Pimlico, London

ISBN-13: 9781844130979

Paperback

The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel 2004, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780374177379

Hardcover