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    Authors that write with simplicity?

    I am looking for authors that write with utter simplicity and brevity.

    Writers like Ernest Hemingway or Raymond Carver.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Yasunari Kawabata has a very spare style. Emily Dickinson is brief. Chekhov might be a good choice.

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    Remarque, Orwell, and Golding have simplicity.

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    simple and simplistic are different. Wordsworth is simple, Harry Potter is simplistic.

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    Francois Sagan?

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    Cormac McCarthy - simple and bleak

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    Isaac Asimov - unadorned, not much time spent on atmosphere and nuance. That's why I love reading him.

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    Elmore Leonard's writing philosophy was based on simplicity and invisibility.
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    For brevity and simplicity that yet speaks volumes (à la Hemingway and Carver), check out Edouard Levé's Autoportrait.

    http://www.amazon.fr/Autoportrait-Éd...dp/B00F5W6CD2/

    There is a good English translation, too, executed by the editor of the Paris Review.
    "J'ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage."
    - Rimbaud

    "Il est l'heure de s'enivrer!
    Pour n'être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
    enivrez-vous;
    enivrez-vous sans cesse!
    De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelby_lake View Post
    Francois Sagan?
    Lucidity of style is the key to Sagan's writing but I'm not sure how she comes across in translation,
    even having translated the ending to Bonjour Tristesse for a review of the novel on Litnet.
    "L'art de la statistique est de tirer des conclusions erronèes a partir de chiffres exacts." Napoléon Bonaparte.

    "Je crois que beaucoup de gens sont dans cet état d’esprit: au fond, ils ne sentent pas concernés par l’Histoire. Mais pourtant, de temps à autre, l’Histoire pose sa main sur eux." Michel Houellebecq.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emil Miller View Post
    Lucidity of style is the key to Sagan's writing but I'm not sure how she comes across in translation,
    even having translated the ending to Bonjour Tristesse for a review of the novel on Litnet.
    The translated version of Bonjour Tristesse read very smoothly for me.

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