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Josipovici, Gabriel 1940-

Works: 110 works in 541 publications in 5 languages and 15,316 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Literature  Experimental fiction  History  Psychological fiction  Humorous fiction  Short stories  Records and correspondence  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, win
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gabriel Josipovici
What ever happened to modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quality of today's literary writing arouses the strongest opinions. For novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici, the contemporary novel in English is profoundly disappointing--a poor relation of its groundbreaking Modernist forebears. This agile and passionate book asks why. Modernism, Josipovici suggests, is only superficially a reaction to industrialization of a revolution in diction and form; essentially, it is art arriving at a consciousness of its own limits and responsibilities. And its origins are to be sought not in 1850 or even 1800, but in the early 1500s, with the crisis of society and perception that also led to the rise of Protestantism. With sophistication and persuasiveness, Josipovici charts some of Modernism's key stages, from Dürer, Rabelais, and Cervantes to the present, bringing together a rich array of artists, musicians, and writers both familiar and unexpected--including Beckett, Borges, Friedrich, Cézanne, Stevens, Robbe-Grillet, Beethoven, and Wordsworth. He concludes with a stinging attack on the current literary scene in Britain and America, which raises questions not only about national taste, but about contemporary culture itself. Gabriel Josipovici has spent a lifetime writing and writing about other writers. This book is a strident call to arms and a tour de force of literary, artistic, and philosophical explication that will stimulate anyone interested in art in the twentieth century and today
The book of God : a response to the Bible by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and Spanish and held by 1,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world and the book; a study of modern fiction by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

46 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Modern English novel : the reader, the writer, and the work by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1991 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lessons of modernism, and other essays by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

24 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected stories by Franz Kafka( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects Kafka's short stories and parables, each reflecting his concern for modern man's search for identity, place, and purpose
The singer on the shore : essays, 1991-2004 by Gabriel Josipovici( )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gabriel Josipovici is a writer of breadth and perceptiveness, and it is often in essays that his preoccupations have been most truthfully explored. This new collection ranges from writings on the Bible, Shakespeare, Kafka, Borges and the Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld to considerations of Rembrandt's self-portraits, death in Tristram Shandy, and what Kierkegaard has to tell us about the writing of fiction
The sirens' song : selected essays by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On trust : art and the temptations of suspicion by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this wide-ranging book, an eminent novelist, playwright, and literary critic explores the question that has troubled artists and philosophers (though not critics) since the time of the Romantics: is it possible to create art today with the freedom of earlier ages and yet produce works that are more than merely decorative or commercial? Such a question, argues Gabriel Josipovici, is not timeless; it has a history, and a relatively short one at that. Why is it only with the Romantics that suspicion, not just of motive but of the very tools of art, language, and form, has become so insistent?" "To understand Romantic suspicion, the author argues, we need to understand what it supplanted and why. To that end he turns to the work created in what he calls cultures of trust, to Homer and the Hebrew Bible, to Dante and Shakespeare, before examining the interplay of trust and suspicion in a number of Romantic and post-Romantic writers from Wordsworth to Beckett."--Jacket
Touch by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new book, a preeminent literary thinker muses over the central question of how we can feel at home in the world, given that the world is independent of and indifferent to our wishes. Drawing on books and films, cultural history and his own experiences, Gabriel Josipovici argues that it is possible to feel comfortable in the world and in our relationships with others only if we value touch over sight, if we respect distance but also work to overcome it
The teller & the tale : essays on literature & culture, 1990-2015 by Gabriel Josipovici( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We seem to live, intellectually and emotionally, in sealed-off universes," writes Gabriel Jospiovici in an essay on Hebrew poetry in medieval Spain, just one in a lively multiverse of writings gathered in The Teller and the Tale. The book draws on a quarter of a century's worth of critical reflection on modern art and literature, Biblical culture, Jewish theology, European idenitty, the nature of beiginnings, and the bittersweetness of writing ficition - to name but a few of the subjects upon which Josipovici's ranging, pansophic attention rests. The author describes paths between these distant regions of space and time with characteristic warmth and ingenuity. Proust, Kafka, Woolf, Pasternak, Eliot, Spark, Valéry and Beckett dwell here alongside Dante, Shakespeare, Sterne, Cervantes, and the Brothers Grimm. Each of these great writers is a point of departure for personal reflection, and a series of critical essays takes on a second life as a book of intimate recollections and fond remembrances, recalling departed friends and peers, evoking the pain and ectasy of childhood, the personal struggle to be a writer, and the life-long project of becoming a person. here is a snapshot of influences on one of the English language's most distinctive voices, and an opinionated, sensual, and informed exposition on Western literature and culture
Writing and the body by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three novels by Samuel Beckett( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mysteriously imprisoned, Molloy disappears while looking for his mother; a dying man looks back on his life; and, a nameless individual ponders his existence." --
Infinity : the story of a momement by Gabriel Josipovici( )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Massimo recalls what his master told him about his colourful life and repeats Pavone's often outrageous opinions about everything from the current state of the world to the inner life of each note, from the Swiss sanatoria in which he spent the war years to his 1949 visit to Nepal, where he discovered the power of music
Hamlet : fold on fold by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Shakespeare's Hamlet is probably the best-known and most commented upon work of literature in Western culture. The paradox is that it is at once utterly familiar and strangely elusive--very like our own selves, argues Gabriel Josipovici in this stimulating and original study. Moreover, our desire to master this elusiveness, to "pluck the heart out of its mystery," as Hamlet himself says, precisely mirrors what is going on in the play; and what Shakespeare's play demonstrates is that to conceive human character (and works of art) in this way is profoundly misguided. Rather than rushing to conclusions or setting out a theory of what Hamlet is "about," therefore, we should read and watch patiently and openly, allowing the play to unfold before us in its own time and trying to see each moment in the context of the whole. Josipovici's valuable book is thus an exercise in analysis which puts the physical experience of watching and reading at the heart of the critical process--at once a practical introduction to a great and much-loved play and a sophisticated intervention in some of the key questions of theory and aesthetics of our time"--
Hotel Andromeda : a novel by Gabriel Josipovici( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a house in a quiet street in North London, Helena struggles with her self-appointed task of writing a book about the reclusive American artist Joseph Cornell. At the same time she dreams and thinks about her sister Alice working in an orphanage in Chechnya. She is certain that Alice despises her for living a life of comfort and privilege, far away from the horrors of war; yet she knows too that her work is more than self-indulgence. How to reconcile these two visions? Enter Ed, a Czech journalist and photographer who claims he has been working in Chechnya and brings news of Alice, along with the request for a bed for the few days he has to be in London..."--Provided by publisher
Goldberg--variations by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and French and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking its name from Bach's Goldberg Variations, as well as inspiration from its formal structure, this work hybridizes breezy philosophical meditation and fragment-based novel. Most of the diffused story takes place in nineteenth-century England, where a Jewish writer by the name of Goldberg is commissioned by an incessantly thoughtful insomniac to create a story each day to be told that night, hopefully thus assuaging the man's sleeplessness
Heart's wings & other stories by Gabriel Josipovici( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabriel Josipovici's stories play hide and seek with the reader. Whether they take place in a seedy London nightclub in the sixties, in a brothel in Hamburg during the First World War, in the fevered world of Shakespeare's mind as he writes Twelfth Night or in that of the dying Borges as he dreams of Finland and the Kalevala, in an airport outside Berlin, in Bukovina in 1942 ... one thing is certain: you are never quite where you think you are and what is happening is never quite what you think is happening. No matter how short the story? and many are no more than two or three pages long? by
The mirror of criticism : selected reviews, 1977-1982 by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fertile land by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The book of God : a response to the Bible
The book of God : a response to the BibleThe lessons of modernism, and other essaysCollected storiesThe singer on the shore : essays, 1991-2004On trust : art and the temptations of suspicionTouchThree novelsGoldberg--variationsHeart's wings & other stories
Alternative Names
Gabriel Josipovici britischer Schriftsteller

Gabriel Josipovici British writer

Gabriel Josipovici Brits schrijver

Gabriel Josipovici escriptor britànic

Gabriel Josipovici escritor británico

Gabriel Josipovici scriitor britanic

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