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Josipovici, Gabriel 1940-

Works: 107 works in 513 publications in 5 languages and 14,759 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Literature  Experimental fiction  History  Short stories  Biography  Novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: PR6003.E282, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gabriel Josipovici
The book of God : a response to the Bible by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and Spanish and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

44 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and held by 1,098 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 918 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 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What ever happened to modernism? by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

21 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 750 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
Collected stories by Franz Kafka( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 608 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 sirens' song : selected essays by Maurice Blanchot( Book )

4 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing and the body by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

20 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and Japanese and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 432 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
Three novels by Samuel Beckett( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett dispenses with all the customary props of contemporary fiction--including exposition, plot, and increasingly, paragraphs--and turns his attention to consciousness itself. Nobody has ever evoked the pain of existence, or the steady slide toward nonexistence, with such poetic, garrulous accuracy
Touch by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Josipovici moves from a Charlie Chaplin film to passages from Proust, from the world of sport to the world of addiction, from medieval pilgrimages to the cult of relics, from a wedding photograph of his grandparents to some of Chardin's most enigmatic paintings. Through these seemingly disparate topics he provides engaging and wise commentary on connection and communication in life. Contrasting the senses of sight and touch, Josipovici notes that although sight seems to give us the totality of what we behold, it is only when we walk or feel our way across the distances that things become more than images and begin to constitute the world in which we, as touchers and not mere observers, are included. If we depend on sight - which seems to offer a frictionless domination over reality - we may avoid the pains and uncertainties of living, but we also lose our involvement with life
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
The mirror of criticism : selected reviews, 1977-1982 by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fertile land by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hamlet : fold on fold by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 262 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"--
Contre-jour : a triptych after Pierre Bonnard by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Infinity : the story of a momement by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 169 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
The singer on the shore : essays, 1991-2004 by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the tittle essay, which examines the relationship between artists' works and their beliefs, to the concluding meditations on memory and the Holocaust, The Singer on the Shore is unified by the two themes of Jewish experience, with its consciousness of exile and the time bound nature of human activity, and of the role of the work of art as a toy, to be played with and dreamed about." "Josipovici's critical writing is informed by his own experience as a writer, and is thus both authoritative and undogmatic. This is a volume that, like a book of poems, rewards repeated reading, for it not only illuminates the topics with which it deals, it also raises the larger question of the place of art in life and of the possibilities open to art today."--Jacket
Heart's wings & other stories by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 133 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
Hotel Andromeda : a novel by Gabriel Josipovici( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 128 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
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The book of God : a response to the Bible
Alternative Names
Gabriel Josipovici britischer Schriftsteller

Gabriel Josipovici British writer

Gabriel Josipovici Brits schrijver

Gabriel Josipovici escriptor britànic

Gabriel Josipovici escritor británico

ジョシポヴィッチ, ゲイブリエル

The lessons of modernism, and other essaysWhat ever happened to modernism?Collected storiesOn trust : art and the temptations of suspicionThree novelsTouchGoldberg--variationsContre-jour : a triptych after Pierre Bonnard