Michael Knight is also the author of the novel, "The Divining Rod"; two collections of short fiction, " Dogfight: And Other Stories" and" Goodnight, Nobody"; and a collection of novellas, "The Holiday Season." His fiction has appeared in publications such as "Esquire," "The New Yorker" and" Oxford American." He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
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""The Typist" is reminiscent of "The English Patient"--slow, sad, wistful and romantic."--"Los Angeles Times"
"Elegant . . . Knight's novel is told in sparse prose, but the story has gravity and a heft that makes it a memorable read."--"Chicago Tribune"
"Gambling, prostitutes, bomb craters and black-market transactions: these are the exigencies of a military occupation, or at least of America's occupation of Tokyo in the mid-1940s. Given the sin-rich atmosphere of" The Typist," it may come as a surprise that the tone is more beatific than vulgar. But then Mr Knight has never shied away from taking the unexpected angle in his fiction. . . . Knight's prose transforms even cheap booze and poor weather into lovely atmospheric touches. . . . [His] elegant prose recalls the fiction of W.G. Sebald, another author who explored the melancholy postwar consciousness with subtle mastery."--"The Economist "(online)
""The Typist" is Knight's best book yet. It reads with a combination of urgency and a quiet, rush-less path to the novel's slow reveal. There is not a misstep, not a mislaid sentence. I believed and breathed every single word. This book awed me."--Elizabeth Gilbert
"Michael Knight tells the story of generals, war, and occupation through the eyes of a typist who proves himself to be the calm at the center of the storm. The result is this elegant, thoughtful, and resonant novel."--Ann Patchett
"[A] quiet novel [that] packs a strong philosophical punch."--The Huffington Post (Most Anticipated Novels for 2010)
"Spare in detail but mesmerizing . . . For readers with an interest in post-war Japan, "The Typist "is an artistic change of pace. For those without an interest, the novel will inform and illuminate."--"Author Magazine"
""The Typist" is a compelling meditation on how public events shape private lives. Packing sharp c
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