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Fleur Jaeggy (And Other Stories)

This book won’t be for everyone. As a series of short stories depicting madness, solitude, the artist’s process of creating and experiencing art and the abyss, many will find it pretentious and confusing.

For others, Jaeggy’s writing embodies nostalgia for the modernist days gone by, with a style heavily influenced by the likes of Djuna Barnes – Jaeggy’s Agnes recalls the intensity of Barnes’ Nightwood – and Virginia Woolf.

If you are looking for a story with character development and a linear plot, this won’t be for you. But for those looking for a melancholic reflection on life, a look into solitude and madness from the perspective of some enigmatic characters, this is a true masterpiece that will leave you moved by the dark insight it possesses.

Price: £8.99. Info: www.andotherstories.org (CB)

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