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By Sarah Manguso
Narrated By Sarah Manguso
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Release Date: 07-20-2017
Print Pub: Graywolf Press


300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms. But, as in the work of David Markson, the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power. Manguso’s arguments about desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, and they add up to an unexpected and renegade wisdom literature.

300 arguments

"A “Proustian minimalist on the order of Lydia Davis” (Kirkus Reviews), Sarah Manguso is one of the finest literary artists at work today. To read her work is to witness acrobatic acts of compression in the service of extraordinary psychological and spiritual insight."

“This collection transcends any category to be something totally its own. . . . Manguso's captured the argumentative voice of a mindsifting through a problem, circling it, animated by sorting it out. . . . If this is poetry, it's the poems of quarrel. And if it's nonfiction, it's not the nonfiction of fact. Instead, it's the nonfiction which maps us to our own thinking. We enter Manguso's mind - her puzzle,pleased to be puzzled, too.”―NPR “All Things Considered”

“[300 Arguments] reads like you've jumped into someone's mind.”―NPR “Weekend Edition”

300 Arguments is a delectation, a book whose great precision and honesty constitute an irresistible incitement to think.”San Francisco Chronicle

“[300 Arguments is] inimitably Manguso, but, suddenly, wonderfully, universally, ours.”Washington Independent Review of Books


Sarah Manguso is an American writer and poet. In 2007, she was awarded the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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