The Long Form-9781804270325

The Long Form by Briggs, Kate

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Author: Briggs, Kate

Literary essays

Published on 12 April 2023 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 480 pages
191 x 127 x 25 | 454g

It's early morning and there's a whole new day ahead. How will it unfold? The baby will feed, hopefully she'll sleep; Helen looks out of the window. The Long Form is the story of two people composing a day together. It is a day of movements and improvisations, common and uncommon rhythms, stopping and starting again. As the morning progresses, a book - The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding - gets delivered, and the scope of the day widens further. Matters of care-work share ground with matters of friendship, housing, translation, aesthetics and creativity. Small incidents of the day revive some of the oldest preoccupations of the novel: the force of social circumstance, the power of names, the meaning of duration and the work of love. With lightness and precision, Kate Briggs renews Henry Fielding's proposition for what a novel can be, combining fiction and essay to write an extraordinary domestic novel of far-reaching ideas.