The World According to Joan Didion
Author: McDonnell, Evelyn Published 28/09/2023 | Hardback
142 x 227 x 27 | 370g
An intimate exploration of the life, craft, and legacy of one of the most revered and influential writers, an artist who continues to inspire fans and creatives to cultivate practices of deep attention, rigourous interrogation and beautiful style.
Joan Didion was a writerâ€™s writer; not only a groundbreaking journalist, essayist, novelist and screenwriter, but a keen observer who honed her sights on lifeâ€™s telling details. Her insights continue to influence creatives and admirers, encouraging them to become close observers of the world, unsentimental critics, and meticulous stylists.
An antidote to a global view that narrows our vision to the smallest screens, The World According To Joan Didion is a meditation on the people, places, and objects that propelled Didionâ€™s prose and an invitation to journalists, storytellers, and life adventurers to â€œthrow themselves into the convulsions of the world,â€ as she once said.
Evelyn McDonnell, the acclaimed journalist, essayist, critic, feminist, native Californian, and university professor who regularly teaches Didionâ€™s work, is attuned to interpret Didionâ€™s vision for readers today. Inspired by Didionâ€™s own wordsâ€”from her works both published and unpublishedâ€”and informed by the people who knew Didion and those whose lives she shaped, The World According to Joan Didion is an illustrated journey through her life, tracing the path she carved from Sacramento, Portuguese Bend, Los Angeles, and Malibu to Manhattan, Miami, and Hawaii. McDonnell reveals the world as it was seen through Didionâ€™s eyes and explores her work in chapters keyed to the singular physical motifs of her writing: Snake. Typewriter. Hotel. Notebook. Girl. Etc.
One of the first books to be published after the revered writerâ€™s death in 2021, The World According to Joan Didion is a literary companion for those embarking on new journeys and a guide to innovative ways of being. It will radically transform the way you explore the world, and will help you answer the question as you sit in a cafÃ©, or on a plane or train, pondering the future: What would Joan Didion have seen?