It’s Good to Be Pragmatic
New Directions, 2011. 272 pp.
After a ten-year hiatus — not counting her 2007, PDF-only second book, Your Name Here — Helen DeWitt is back. It shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s taken so long. Her only previously published novel, The Last Samurai, was rejected for years as too difficult, until a lucky strike with Miramax Books made it a cult phenomenon. After a long silence from DeWitt, Your Name Here (co-written with Ilya Gridneff) was released as a PDF download from her website, surely the first such book to merit a review/essay from the London Review of Books. (It has since been picked up by Noemi Press, although still lacking a release date; readers who bought DeWitt’s PDF for a suggested $8.00 will be allowed to deduct that from the price of Noemi’s edition.)
The article goes on. I don’t know this author, but that first para caught my attention…… - Rose.