These Possible Lives

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About the Author

Fleur Jaeggy-- "a wonderful, brilliant, savage writer" (Susan Sontag) --was born in 1940 in Zurich and lives in Milan. Her work has been acclaimed as "small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused "(The New Yorker) and "addictive" (Kirkus).
Minna Zallman Proctor is a writer, critic and translator. Her first book Do You Hear What I Hear? An Unreligious Writer Investigates Religious Calling was published by Viking Press in 2005. Kirkus called it 'Intelligent and intellectually provocative, ... a notable example of fine writing on religion.' Her translations from Italian have been much acclaimed, and she is the recipient of several fellowships and residencies including at MacDowell where she was named a Kate and George Kendall Fellow. She has worked as a magazine editor on various publications, including Colors and Bomb magazine. Her essays and book reviews have been widely published, including in The New York Times Book Review,, L.A. Times Book Review, Aperture, Bookforum, The Nation, New York Observer and Salon. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the Editor of The Literary Review.


Terse beauties falling on the reader like a chaste gray rain.--Robert Byers
Small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused.
She has the enviable first glance for people and things, she harbors a mixture of distracted levity and authoritative wisdom.--Ingeborg Bachmann
Delicious--such monstrous control and insight that at moments while reading you experience a distinct feeling of levitation.--Carole Maso
Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive.
Three spare and telegraphic essays about Thomas De Quincey, John Keats, and Marcel Schwob, in which each account is self-contained and exquisitely precise, capture the arc of a whole life with filigreed economy.
Brilliant, associative and short, Jaeggy's essays have the beauty and economy of poems but the souls of portraits, discovering 'human characteristics amidst the chaos' -- which fairly describes her project overall.--Martin Riker"Fleur Jaeggy's Portraits of Past Lives" (11/03/2017)
Jaeggy's book is poetical-biographical, fictional-critical, essayistic-historical--a book unlimited.-- (01/25/2019)