Antiquity

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Product Details

Price
$26.00  $24.18
Publisher
Catapult
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
5.85 X 8.55 X 0.63 inches | 0.83 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781646221714

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About the Author

HANNA JOHANSSON is a Swedish writer and critic who writes on such topics as art, literature, and queer issues. Antiquity, her debut novel, won the 2021 Katapultpris and was short-listed for the Borås Tidning Debutant Prize.

KIRA JOSEFSSON is a writer and translator working between English and Swedish. She is the recipient of grants from the PEN/Heim Translation Fund and the Swedish Arts Council. She writes about the intersection of politics, literature, and identity for both Swedish and English-language publications.

Reviews

Vulture, A Most Anticipated Title
Bookshop, A Most Anticipated Title of the Year
Electric Literature, A Must-Read Queer Book of the Year
LGBQT Reads, A Most Anticipated Title of 2024

"Highbrow brilliant." --New York Magazine

"Hypnotic." --Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair

"A delicious slow-burn meditation on desire, envy, language, and memory." --Jasmine Vojdani, Vulture

"A gorgeously written book about lust, desire, power, and obsession. Johansson, along with Josefsson's translations, sophisticatedly tells a sultry story about a forbidden relationship that brings a family to the brink." --Debutiful

"Gorgeous, lacerating . . . Johansson's creation, in Josefsson's translation, reminds us of our own tendency to narrativize life, to write ourselves out of the intimate joy of immediate experience by stepping back and fiddling with the details, fashioning an ideal self. Antiquity feels destined to be a classic, as multifaceted, revealing, and transformative as works by Dostoyevsky, Mann, and Nabokov. Its power comes from its vulnerable, gorgeous prose, replete with lush images, and also from its structural sophistication--a complete convergence of shape and themes. The textual body of the novel is a monument to the clash between the natural flow of life and its narrativized counterpart, felt through the temporal textures of the story, its narratological conflict." --Sofija Popovska, Asymptote

"A mesmerizing journey into the roots of intimacy, Johansson's debut novel gives a skillfully crafted, well-defined face to loneliness . . . [A] meditation on how the hunger for human connection consumes boundaries between self and other." --Booklist

"A moody exploration of loneliness and obsession against the backdrop of an arrestingly beautiful Greek island . . . Johansson's sentences are lovely and her observations are sharp and clear-eyed." --Publishers Weekly

"A fiction debut that explores the intersection of desire and power . . . Johansson uses her chosen setting to good effect. Her characters are surrounded by sumptuous sensory experiences but also isolated, and that isolation enhances the sense of pending disaster that permeates the text . . . [A] writer to watch." --Kirkus Reviews

"A wonderful novel written with the menacing elegance of a cat burglar working in the shadows and at great heights." --Catherine Lacey, author of Biography of X

"Entrancing and calamitous, Antiquity dreams deeply into the shadows of desire and obsession. A precise and mysterious spell of a book." --Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch

"In Antiquity, Hanna Johansson probes the most forbidden recesses of desire, aging, and memory in sentences as lucent and incisive as shards of glass. Wily, mesmeric, and utterly disarming, this fabulously translated novel held me captive from the very first page, and its questions and images will linger in my blood for a long time. Rarely have I felt so transported and beguiled by a book, let alone a debut. Don't miss it." --Maggie Millner, author of Couplets: A Love Story

"What Hanna Johansson offers in her electric, unsettling debut refuses all protection and dares the reader to do the same. Kira Josefsson's translation is its own marvel, the language brimming with just-kept chaos until the keeping's no longer possible. I won't forget this book." --Anna Moschovakis, author of Participation