Two Lines Press
November 12, 2013
5.0 X 0.7 X 7.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author
Jonathan Littell received the Prix Goncourt for his 2006 novel The Kindly Ones, called by Time magazine "unmistakably the work of a profoundly gifted writer." A former worker for Action Against Hunger in Bosnia, Sierra Leone, the Congo, and Afghanistan, he is the author of more than ten works in French. He lives in Paris. Charlotte Mandell is the translator of numerous award-winning works of innovative French literature, among them The Kindly Ones, Zone by Mathias Enard, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong by Pierre Bayard, and works by Proust, Blanchot, and Jacques Rancière. She lives in New York City.
"Four nightmarish novellas . . . The writing is sinuous and propulsive; disturbing images are rendered with icy, swift precision." -- The New Yorker "These stories lead the reader on a race through the abyss . . ." -- Paul La Farge, author of Luminous Airplanes "Here genitalia prove as amorphous as the desires they incite, and slaughter leaves only casual impressions upon its casualties. . . . As much as we loathe these atrocity exhibits, we turn every knob. Littell has organized the mechanisms, but our desire is what fuels the machine." -- BOMB "The stories evoke the fin-de-siècle sensibility of Baudelaire or Schnitzler."
-- Publishers Weekly "A living, breathing, sublime collection of novellas that ignite the reader's imagination and entices their most base of desires to grab control." -- Typographical Era "The four novellas that comprise this collection deal with a wealth of themes, but the ultimate one is of unachieved desire and the isolating mania it spawns. . . . 'Surrealistic' doesn't fully capture the formal breed of this collection." -- HTMLGIANT "Littell's stories are structurally elegant . . . The Fata Morgana Books is a frequently thought-provoking [read]." -- Foreword Reviews "A gorgeous tour through a world of human excess and futility . . . exhilarating." -- Numéro Cinq