What It Means to Be a Man: A Relationship Book by Nicole Krauss

In one of her strongest works, the Nicole Krauss she dives fearlessly into the battle of understanding what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman, trying to understand the relationships and tensions that arise from it. With this collection, the author takes us on a journey to different parts of the world, from Geneva, New York and California, to Tel Aviv, Japan and Latin America, but also to many emotional parallels. Protagonists of her short stories are interesting, passionate and sometimes eccentric heroes, from the prime to the sunset of their lives. All people who observe, wonder and reflect astutely, and allow us to wander into their ever exuberant associations. We meet there the most important manifestations of human life: friendship, love and romance, sex, birth and death. The author, in this first collection of short stories, shines a fierce, unwavering light on the forces that guide and define our lives, love, power, violence, passion, self-awareness, fear, old age. Deep, scathing and intelligent, these short stories are both bewildering and moving, and reveal the fragility but also the resilience of human existence.

Nicole Krauss

THE Nicole Krauss (Nicole Krauss1974), “one of the most important American writers to cause an international literary sensation” according to the New York Times, and “one of the greatest novelists of our time” according to the Financial Times, is an international bestselling author Dark forest (Posthumous, 2018), Great House, with which he was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The story of love (Posthumous, 2005), which won the Saroyan prize for international literature and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, and was nominated for the Orange, Medicis and Femina awards. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. In 2007, he was selected by Granta magazine for Best of Young American Novelists, and in 2010 he was included in the New Yorker’s “Twenty Under Forty” list. Her novels have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, while her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. In 2020 she was the first Writer-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and in 2021 she was awarded the Sami Rohr Lifetime Achievement Award. The What it means to be a manher first collection of short stories, was published in November 2020 and won the Wingate Prize.

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