The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings

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One of Esquire’s Best Books for Spring 2022

An in-depth reflection on the late style and final work of one of our greatest living critics (Katherine Schultz, New York).

As artists and athletes age, how does their work change? Will it ripen or rot? Gain new serenity or succumb to escalating pain? How do we keep going as our bodies rot? In this riveting meditation, Jeff Dyer contrasts his own encounters with the late Middle Ages with the last days and final works of writers, painters, football players, musicians and tennis stars who Home and tennis star were important in his life. He tells of Friedrich Nietzsche’s downfall in Turin, Bob Dylan’s reinvention of oldies, J.M.W. Turner’s abstract light paintings, John Coltrane’s cosmic melody with playful charm and penetrating wit , the failure of Björn Borg and Beethoven’s final quartet — and ponder the experience that happens when the end is in sight. Throughout, he highlights the accomplishments of vulgar geniuses who defy convention and continue to do so long after their good youth is over.
From Burning Man and the Doors to the 19th century Alps and back in time, Dyer’s book on The Last Thing is also a book on how to live in art and beauty – and the art Pepper’s Solo Hat or Annie brings The intoxicating effect and epiphany of Dillard’s reflections can evoke even the most jaded and sarcastic emotions. With Steve Martin hailing his “funny quirks” and Tom Bissell calling him “perhaps the most amazing prose writer writing in English today”, Dyer has now put his most Serious critiques, memoirs, and humorous banter merge into something entirely new. A summary of Dale’s passion, Roger Federer’s Doom is the perfect introduction to his smart and joyful work.

About the author


Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of many books, including Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Zona, See/Saw, and other collections of essays known as “The Human Condition” (winner) Nation Book Critics Association Award). Dale is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and now lives in Los Angeles and is a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Comment


Dyer’s blend of shimmering prose, deep insight, and poignant wit shows that even the most painful endings are worth living for. It’s a clever, memorable shot. – Publishers Weekly

“Tennis, jazz, Dylan, movies, drugs, Nietzsche, Beethoven. Then why am I laughing? Because once again Jeff Dyer fuses commentary and observation with wit and wit. Dyer in Criticism and Memoir Swings between times and is one of the few author passages I can go back and read right away and get more out of it. The twists and the fun abound, and when you finally put the book down, you think, “Oh yeah, I’ve been They’re all so smart, aren’t they? ‘” – Steve Martin
More than the title suggests, The Last Days of Roger Federer is a fascinating series of meditations on the spiritual and material sunsets in the lives of painters, musicians, philosophers, poets, boxers and, of course, tennis players. Stylist Dyer is at the forefront of his game, offering puzzles, paradoxes, logical connections and other brain fun. Even its syntax is interesting. Dale’s insightful, often hilarious, insights into art, life, and movement are a treat for readers. —Billy Collins, former American Poet Laureate
Like Roger Federer’s backhand, Jeff Dyer’s swing is beautiful and has his signature execution. He captures a lot, touches a lot, and is entertaining at the same time. This shape-mixing book is smart, sensible, and fun. I’m smarter because I’ve read it. This is a good book. —Percival Everett, author of The Tree
Who can change the world again like Geoff Dyer? For the low price of a book, he’ll rearrange the art on your memory wall so you can see it again as if it were the first time. Roger Federer’s Doom is an inspired cultural and personal mediation, and an unsurprising treat. Reading it, people felt relieved that despite Dale’s claim that his life theme was “give up,” he didn’t. —Sloan Crossley, author of Look Alive Out There
“The Last Day of Roger Federer” is a glorious ode to tennis, art, late style and life itself. Full of surprise, authenticity and deep feeling, this is an unparalleled work. other. Time has yet to be conquered, but this beautiful and powerful book from Geoff Dyer feels like it can go head-to-head with it — both from the bottom line and off the grid. Essential reading. — Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of The Tour: A Tennis Odyssey and Living Weapons
Roger Federer’s Doom showcases Jeff Dyer’s brilliance as one of the most distinctive writers of our time. Whether he’s writing about tennis, Nietzsche, Burning Man, or getting old, Dyer brings impeccable observation, original wit, and ludicrous wit to the page you’ll want to keep reading – here’s a book about endings The perfect quality of the book. – Maya Jasanoff, professor at Harvard University and author of Dawn Watch
Most writers use language to write things. Geoff Dyer uses things to write language. He’s a smart clog, but also one of us. genius. – Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate

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