The setting for Tsipi Keller's new novel, Nadja on Nadja, is New York City-its neighborhoods, its streets, its people-where "humanity, as if spellbound, is approaching the end of the millennium." Working for a living, Nadja, a girl-woman in her thirties, doesn't delude herself. Corporations, she knows, are dictatorships comprised of many low-level tyrants; she must either subjugate herself, or suffer the consequences.
In the words of author Bruce Benderson: "Yet another novelistic feat by Tsipi Keller who tackles the enigmatic social transactions that make us part of the human collective without our ever being able to breach the isolation of the self. Working for a man she detests, Nadja, like a thief, writes a novel on the sly, while contending with other deceptions in her life. Like the rest of us, she is two people: that recognizable and functional social being we show to everyone; and a second self, the intuitive, discerning side of Nadja, delving into a secluded world of true vision." Praise for Tsipi Keller's Previous Novels
A Bahamian vacation turns into a nightmarish dreamworld in Tsipi Keller's smart, sly Jackpot. [...] Keller expertly charts Maggie's transformation in this accomplished and oddly gripping novel. Publishers Weekly
This marvelously engaging and pleasurable novel is like a cross between watching a sly Eric Rohmer film about the spiritual crisis of vacation and reading a Jean Rhys interior monologue of a woman in extremis. [...] A wickedly readable, psychologically astute and drolly knowing fiction. Phillip Lopate
This opaque yet beguiling novel showcases the work of a talented and original writer. Publishers Weekly
In her new trilogy, Tsipi Keller is revealed as a superlative psychological novelist. Joshua Cohen About the Author
Novelist and translator and the author of thirteen books, Tsipi Keller is the recipient of several literary awards, including New York Foundation for the Arts grants, and National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships. Her work has been compared to the work of Jean Rhys, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Patricia Highsmith, and others.
About the Author
Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the United States since 1974. Her short fiction, and her poetry translations, have appeared in many journals and anthologies; her novels, The Prophet of Tenth Street (1995) and Leverage (1997) were translated into Hebrew and published by Sifriat Poalim. (Currently, The Prophet of Tenth Street is being translated into German.) Keller's translation of Dan Pagis's posthumous collection, Last Poems, was published by The Quarterly Review of Literature (1993), and her translation of Irit Katzir's posthumous collection, And I Wrote Poems, was published by Carmel in 2000. Among her awards are: A National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts grants, and an Armand G. Erpf award from Columbia University. Her novel, Jackpot, was published by Spuyten Duyvil (2004).