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Nobody's Looking At You: Essays

Janet Malcolm


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Literary essays


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Janet Malcolm's previous collection, Forty-One False Starts- Essays on Artists and Writers, was 'unmistakably the work of a master' (New York Times Book Review). Like Forty-One False Starts, Nobody's Looking at You brings together previously uncompiled pieces, mainly from The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

The title piece of this wonderfully eclectic collection is a profile of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, whose mother often said to her, 'Nobody's looking at you.' But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump's TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuju Wang, to 'the big-league game' of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In 'Socks', the Pevears are seen as the 'sort of asteroid that has hit the safe world of Russian Literature in English translation', and in 'Dreams and Anna Karenina', the focus is Tolstoy, 'one of literature's greatest masters of manipulative techniques'.

Nobody's Looking at You consolidates Jane Malcolm's reputation as one of the greatest non-fiction writers at work today.


By:   Janet Malcolm
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781925773705
ISBN 10:   1925773701
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Janet Malcolm is the prize-winning author of many books, including Iphigenia in Forest Hills- Anatomy of a Murder Trial, Two Lives- Gertrude and Alice and Burdock, a volume of her photography. Malcolm writes frequently for the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She splits her time between New York City and Sheffield, Massachusetts.

`With no weak selections and several strikingly prescient ones, this collection shows its author as a master of narrative nonfiction.' (starred review) * Publishers Weekly * 'Nobody's Looking At You is brimful of all the eloquence, erudition and insight a thoughtful reader could want.' * NPR * `A legendary journalist.' * Laura Miller * `Malcolm's work inspires the best kind of disquiet in a reader-the obligation to think.' * Jeffrey Toobin * 'Malcolm brings [the] same moral seriousness to every topic she addresses...[H]er calm, brilliant essays are the perfect tonic for our troubled times.' * Associated Press * 'Every word of Janet Malcolm's latest nonfiction collection, Nobody's Looking at You, is a pleasure to read, even if you have no built-in interest in her topics. The author of The Journalist and the Murderer comes off like a proponent of the 'Life is short, eat dessert first' philosophy, placing her snappiest pieces in the first section...[The essays] show off Malcolm's way with quick, vivid word pictures...and her gift for the telling detail...[and] reveal the breadth of Malcolm's wit and insight[.]' * Star Tribune * `[R]uthlessly artful...[H]er magazine profiles of noted personalities are peerless when it comes to unraveling what makes people tick. She'll deliver the factual goods with brisk efficiency, while happily leaving mysteries in place.' * Seattle Times * `Janet Malcolm...remains a ruthless, dazzling journalist.' * Guardian * `She is among the most intellectually provocative of authors, able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight.' * Boston Globe * 'What unites these pieces is a mood-heavy, autumnal, nostalgic...There is stirring, beautifully structured writing here, particularly in the title essay, a profile of Fisher, which combines many of the writer's signal interests-our unconscious aggression and the way we methodically and unknowingly recreate the world of our childhood in our adult lives.' * New York Times *

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